Florida State Football - 1957 Year In Review

Florida State Football - 1957 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Tom Nugent, Head Coach
Hugh Adams, Assistant Coach
Lee Corso, Graduate Assistant
Bob Harbison, Assistant Coach
Herb Hughes, Graduate Assistant
Charlie LaPradd, Assistant Coach
Paul Odom, Assistant Coach
Hugh Taylor, Assistant Coach
Frank Toomey, Assistant Coach

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1957 FSU Football Handbook

Seminole Barbara Bishop

1957 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Abner Bigbie, 5-10, 185, G, West Palm Beach - Another rugged sophomore with a great future...he's only 19 and FSU coaches regard him as an outstanding offensive prospect...a success story in the process of being written.

Royce Bryan, 6-2, 205, T, Auburndale

Bob Carnes, 5-11, 175, HB, Tallahassee

Ron Clark, 6-0, 180, C, Palatka

Jim Dukate, 5-9, 180, G, Clarksville, PA

Jim Elk, 6-0, 185, E, Miami

Tony Fekany, 5-9, 220, T, Jacksonville

Pete Fleming, 6-0, 182, E, Pensacola - A junior college All-American...Flemming is potentially as good as FSU's best...excellent pair of hands...outstanding performer in the junior Rose Bowl game at Pasadena, Ca last year.

Wayne Helms, 5-7, 170, HB, Chattahoochee

Jim Hooks, 5-9, 180, E, West Palm Beach

Bill Jacobs, 6-0, 180, E, Lake City

Jon Jenkins, 5-8, 180, C, Miami

Roy Jones, 6-0, 170, R, Tallahassee

Lenny Levy, 5-9, 180, HB, Miami

Joe Majors, 6-0, 175, QB, Huntland, TN

Gene McCormick, 5-8, 160, QB, Miami

Patsy Monaco, 5-10, 200, G, Ballston, NY

Jerry Moore, 6-2, 198, T, Miami

John Nevelle, 6-0, 200, FB, South Bend, IN

Pete Overton, 6-2, 180, E, Henderson, NC

Arnold Peebles, 5-9, 230, G, Columbia, TN

Fred Pickard, 5-9, 168, HB, Columbia, TN As a freshman, he weighed 150, as a soph, he's up to 165 and still growing...an outstanding running surprise...he can develop into one of FSU's best in his next three years.

Jim Rogers, 5-9, 195, G, Miami

Ramon Rogers, 5-11, 195, C, Pensacola

Joe Russo, 5-6, 170, G, Miami

Gene Schlickman, E, Fort Wayne, IN

Paul Slaton, 5-9, 205, C, Miami - Probably the most promising of all the sophpmores...Slaton is every inch a fine football prospect...he chose his position because it's the roughest...outstanding in pursuit.

Paul Smith, 6-2, 235, G, Miami

Don Speirs, 5-11, 195, G, Jacksonville

John Spivey, 6-2, 200, E, Panama City

Terrell Teague, 6-0, 195, FB, Auburndale

Al Ulmer, 5-10, 180, G, Clearwater - One of those shoestring guards you hear about but at 19, he's still growing and developing...for courage, he knows no peer and he excels in good, rugged defensive work.

Lou Wallace, 6-0, 200, T, Atlanta, GA

Joe Wallis, 6-1, 190, T, Albany, GA

Ron Williams, 5-8, 170, QB, Pensacola


1957 Roster - By Name

From the 1957 FSU Football Handbook, page 18 and the Florida Times Union, September 2, 1957, page 23
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 86 Jim Arnold            E       5-10  180  Sr   **   Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
* 83 Clare "Bud" Bagnell   E       5-11  198  So        Battle Creek, MI (Central)
* 52 Troy Barnes           C       6-1   195  Sr   ***  Chickasaw, AL
* 42 Carmen Battaglia      FB      5-10  180  Sr   *    Niagara Falls, NY
* 63 Abner Bigbie          G       5-10  185  So        West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
* 81 Ham Bisbee            E       6-1   172  Sr   ***  Sanford
* 77 George Boyer          T       6-1   220  Sr   ***  Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
*    Bill Brown            T       5-11  191  Jr-R      Orlando (Edgewater)
  76 Royce Bryan           T       6-2   205  So        Auburndale
* 21 Bob Carnes            HB      5-11  175  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  54 Ron Clark             C       6-0   180  So        Palatka
* 27 Stan Dobosz           HB      5-9   185  Sr   ***  East Chicago, IN (Roosevelt)
  66 Bob Douglas           T       6-0   198  So        Dayton, OH (Fairmont)
     Jim Dukate            G       5-9   180  So        Clarksville, PA
  89 Jim Elk               E       6-0   185  So        Miami
  78 Tony Fekany           T       5-9   220  So        Jacksonville (Landon)
  88 Pete Fleming          E       6-0   182  Jr        Pensacola
* 65 Bob Fountain          G       6-0   190  Jr   *    Crestview
*    Willie Gardner        T       5-11  200  Sr   **   Tampa
* 67 Jerry Graham          G       6-0   205  Jr   *    Chicago, IL
     Wayne Helms           HB      5-7   170  So        Chattahoochee
* 14 Jerry Henderson       QB      6-0   175  Sr   *    Pensacola
* 71 Steve Holton          T       6-0   205  Jr        Perry
* 88 Jim Hooks             E       5-9   180  So        West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
  82 Bill Jacobs           E       6-0   180  So        Lake City (Columbia)
  68 Jon Jenkins           C       5-8   180  So        Miami
* 44 Eddie Johnson         FB      5-11  190  Sr-R **   Charleston, WV
  87 Roy Jones             R       6-0   170  So        Tallahassee (Bainbridge)
* 53 Stu Keith             C       5-11  190  Jr   *    Panama City
* 84 Bill Kimber           E       6-2   195  Jr        Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 70 Jerry Lane            T       6-2   205  So        Lakeland
  22 Lenny Levy            HB      5-9   180  So        Miami
* 13 Joe Majors            QB      6-0   175  So        Huntland, TN (Huntland/Alabama)
  43 Lou Manning           FB      5-10  198  So        Delray Beach
  12 Gene McCormick        QB      5-8   160  So        Miami (Edison)
* 61 Joe McGee             G       5-9   192  Jr   *    Raleigh, NC
  28 Wes Minton            HB      6-0   180  Jr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  69 Patsy Monaco          G       5-10  200  So        Ballston, NY
  76 Jerry Moore           T       6-2   198  So        Miami
* 73 Bill Musselman        T       6-0   210  Sr   ***  Lynchburg, VA
* 85 Bob Nellums           E       6-1   201  Sr   *    Pensacola (Perkinston JC)
     John Nevelle          FB      6-0   200  So        South Bend, IN
  28 Pete Overton          E       6-2   180  So        Henderson, NC
     Arnold Peebles        G       5-9   230  So        Columbia, TN
* 24 Jerry Philp           HB      5-11  185  Sr   *    Royal Oak, MI
* 25 Fred Pickard          HB      5-9   168  So        Columbia, TN (Central)
* 74 Mel Pope              C       6-0   215  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon)
     Vic Prinzi            QB      6-0   178  Sr   ***  Waverly, NY
* 15 Bobby Renn            QB      5-11  179  Jr-R *    Henderson, NC (Henderson/Davidson College)
  20 Burt "Buddy" Reynolds HB      5-10  180  Jr   *    West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
* 11 Ted Rodrigue          QB      5-11  184  Sr   ***  Lynn, MA (Lynn Classical)
  64 Jim Rogers            G       5-9   195  So        Miami
  51 Ramon Rogers          C       5-11  195  So        Pensacola (Pensacola)
  29 Pappy Rozman          HB      5-8   180  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  66 Joe Russo             G       5-6   170  So        Miami
  83 Gene Schlickman       E                            Fort Wayne, IN
* 80 Ron Schomburger       E       6-1   190  Sr   ***  Pittsburgh, PA
* 23 Johnny Sheppard       HB-K    5-9   185  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
* 50 Paul Slaton           C       5-9   205  So        Miami (Edison)
  75 Paul Smith            G       6-2   235  Jr        Miami
  60 Don Speirs            G       5-11  195  So        Jacksonville
* 87 John Spivey           E       6-2   200  So        Panama City (Bay)
  72 Dan Strickland        T       6-2   230  So        Sopchoppy (Sopchoppy)
  40 Terrell Teague        FB      6-0   195  So        Auburndale (Auburndale)
* 62 Al Ulmer              G       5-10  180  So        Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 79 Lou Wallace           T       6-0   200  So        Atlanta, GA (Sylvan Hills)
  70 Joe Wallis            T       6-1   190  So        Albany, GA
* 26 Billy Weaver          HB      5-10  182  Sr   **   Miami
  16 Ron Williams          QB      5-8   170  Jr        Pensacola (Pensacola/Jones County JC)

1957 Roster - By Number

From the 1957 FSU Football Handbook, page 18 and the Florida Times Union, September 2, 1957, page 23
L
T                                                  PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Wgt  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*    Bill Brown            T       5-11  191  Jr-R      Orlando (Edgewater)
     Jim Dukate            G       5-9   180  So        Clarksville, PA
*    Willie Gardner        T       5-11  200  Sr   **   Tampa
     Wayne Helms           HB      5-7   170  So        Chattahoochee
     John Nevelle          FB      6-0   200  So        South Bend, IN
     Arnold Peebles        G       5-9   230  So        Columbia, TN
     Vic Prinzi            QB      6-0   178  Sr   ***  Waverly, NY
* 11 Ted Rodrigue          QB      5-11  184  Sr   ***  Lynn, MA (Lynn Classical)
  12 Gene McCormick        QB      5-8   160  So        Miami (Edison)
* 13 Joe Majors            QB      6-0   175  So        Huntland, TN (Huntland/Alabama)
* 14 Jerry Henderson       QB      6-0   175  Sr   *    Pensacola
* 15 Bobby Renn            QB      5-11  179  Jr-R *    Henderson, NC (Henderson/Davidson College)
  16 Ron Williams          QB      5-8   170  Jr        Pensacola (Pensacola/Jones County JC)
  20 Burt "Buddy" Reynolds HB      5-10  180  Jr   *    West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
* 21 Bob Carnes            HB      5-11  175  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  22 Lenny Levy            HB      5-9   180  So        Miami
* 23 Johnny Sheppard       HB-K    5-9   185  Jr   *    Tallahassee (Leon)
* 24 Jerry Philp           HB      5-11  185  Sr   *    Royal Oak, MI
* 25 Fred Pickard          HB      5-9   168  So        Columbia, TN (Central)
* 26 Billy Weaver          HB      5-10  182  Sr   **   Miami
* 27 Stan Dobosz           HB      5-9   185  Sr   ***  East Chicago, IN (Roosevelt)
  28 Wes Minton            HB      6-0   180  Jr        Jacksonville (Lee)
  28 Pete Overton          E       6-2   180  So        Henderson, NC
  29 Pappy Rozman          HB      5-8   180  So        Tallahassee (Leon)
  40 Terrell Teague        FB      6-0   195  So        Auburndale (Auburndale)
* 42 Carmen Battaglia      FB      5-10  180  Sr   *    Niagara Falls, NY
  43 Lou Manning           FB      5-10  198  So        Delray Beach
* 44 Eddie Johnson         FB      5-11  190  Sr-R **   Charleston, WV
* 50 Paul Slaton           C       5-9   205  So        Miami (Edison)
  51 Ramon Rogers          C       5-11  195  So        Pensacola (Pensacola)
* 52 Troy Barnes           C       6-1   195  Sr   ***  Chickasaw, AL
* 53 Stu Keith             C       5-11  190  Jr   *    Panama City
  54 Ron Clark             C       6-0   180  So        Palatka
  60 Don Speirs            G       5-11  195  So        Jacksonville
* 61 Joe McGee             G       5-9   192  Jr   *    Raleigh, NC
* 62 Al Ulmer              G       5-10  180  So        Clearwater (Clearwater)
* 63 Abner Bigbie          G       5-10  185  So        West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
  64 Jim Rogers            G       5-9   195  So        Miami
* 65 Bob Fountain          G       6-0   190  Jr   *    Crestview
  66 Bob Douglas           T       6-0   198  So        Dayton, OH (Fairmont)
  66 Joe Russo             G       5-6   170  So        Miami
* 67 Jerry Graham          G       6-0   205  Jr   *    Chicago, IL
  68 Jon Jenkins           C       5-8   180  So        Miami
  69 Patsy Monaco          G       5-10  200  So        Ballston, NY
* 70 Jerry Lane            T       6-2   205  So        Lakeland
  70 Joe Wallis            T       6-1   190  So        Albany, GA
* 71 Steve Holton          T       6-0   205  Jr        Perry
  72 Dan Strickland        T       6-2   230  So        Sopchoppy (Sopchoppy)
* 73 Bill Musselman        T       6-0   210  Sr   ***  Lynchburg, VA
* 74 Mel Pope              C       6-0   215  Sr        Tallahassee (Leon)
  75 Paul Smith            G       6-2   235  Jr        Miami
  76 Royce Bryan           T       6-2   205  So        Auburndale
  76 Jerry Moore           T       6-2   198  So        Miami
* 77 George Boyer          T       6-1   220  Sr   ***  Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher)
  78 Tony Fekany           T       5-9   220  So        Jacksonville (Landon)
* 79 Lou Wallace           T       6-0   200  So        Atlanta, GA (Sylvan Hills)
* 80 Ron Schomburger       E       6-1   190  Sr   ***  Pittsburgh, PA
* 81 Ham Bisbee            E       6-1   172  Sr   ***  Sanford
  82 Bill Jacobs           E       6-0   180  So        Lake City (Columbia)
* 83 Clare "Bud" Bagnell   E       5-11  198  So        Battle Creek, MI (Central)
  83 Gene Schlickman       E                            Fort Wayne, IN
* 84 Bill Kimber           E       6-2   195  Jr        Winter Park (Winter Park)
* 85 Bob Nellums           E       6-1   201  Sr   *    Pensacola (Perkinston JC)
* 86 Jim Arnold            E       5-10  180  Sr   **   Bainbridge, GA (Bainbridge)
  87 Roy Jones             R       6-0   170  So        Tallahassee (Bainbridge)
* 87 John Spivey           E       6-2   200  So        Panama City (Bay)
  88 Pete Fleming          E       6-0   182  Jr        Pensacola
* 88 Jim Hooks             E       5-9   180  So        West Palm Beach (Palm Beach)
  89 Jim Elk               E       6-0   185  So        Miami
Letters are listed in the Florida Times Union, January 26, 1958, page 40.

1957 Schedule and Results

         
GAME DAY
 
         
FSU
OPP
OPP EOY
DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
AP
UPI
REC
09/21
Ref
H
FURMAN
W 27- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-7
09/28
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE
L 7-20
 
 
 
 
 
 
7-2
10/05
Ref
A
VILLANOVA
Home stadium is in Philadelphia, Pa
L 7-21
 
 
 
 
 
 
3-6
10/12
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
L 0- 7
 
 
13
 
15
20
7-1-2
10/19
Ref
H
ABILENE CHRISTIAN
W 34- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-3-1
10/26
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH
W 20- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-6
11/08
Ref
H
MIAMI
L 13-40
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-4-1
11/16
Ref
A
MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN
L 0-20
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-3
11/23
Ref
H
AUBURN
L 7-29
 
 
2
 
1
2
10-0
11/30
Ref
A
TAMPA
W 21- 7
 
 
 
 
 
 
5-4
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS    4- 6     3-3     1-3     0-0
AGAINST TOP 25   0- 2     0-2     0-0     0-0


1957 - 100 Yard Rushing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bobby Renn 10/19/1957 ABILENE CHRISTIAN 14 150 10.71 1 Fred Pickard 10/26/1957 VIRGINIA TECH 12 105 8.75 1 Fred Pickard 11/30/1957 TAMPA 13 100 7.69 1

1957 - 100 Yard Receiving Club

Name Date Opponent Rec Yds Avg TDs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ None

1957 - 300 Yard Passing Club

Name Date Opponent Att Cmp Yds Int Avg TDs --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- None

1957 EOY Stats

Overall Team Statistics TEAM STATISTICS FSU OPP -------------------------------------------------------- SCORING....................... 136 165 Points Per Game............. 13.6 16.5 TOUCHDOWNS.................... 20 24 TDs Rushing................. 10 18 TDs Passing................. 8 6 TDs Fumble Return........... 2 0 TDs Punt Return............. 0 0 TDs Interception............ 0 0 TDs Kickoff Return.......... 0 0 TDs Lateral................. 0 0 TDs Free Kick............... 0 0 PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 16-20 19-24 Kick........................ 15-19 18-23 Pass........................ 0- 0 1- 1 Run......................... 1- 1 0- 0 FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 0- 2 0- 0 SAFETY........................ 0 1 FIRST DOWNS................... 127 151 Rushing..................... 93 116 Passing..................... 28 33 Penalty..................... 6 2 RUSHING YARDAGE............... 1642 2127 Yards gained rushing........ 1958 2127 Yards lost rushing.......... 316 Rushing Attempts............ 443 512 Average Per Rush............ 3.7 4.2 Average Per Game............ 164.2 212.7 PASSING YARDAGE............... 786 789 Att-Comp-Int................ 164- 71-17 126- 61-10 Efficiency.................. 78.92 100.85 Average Per Pass............ 4.8 6.3 Average Per Catch........... 11.1 12.9 Average Per Game............ 78.6 78.9 TOTAL OFFENSE................. 2428 2916 Total Plays................. 607 638 Average Per Play............ 4.0 4.6 Average Per Game............ 242.8 291.6 KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 33- 619 - Average Per Return.......... 18.8 0.0 PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 25-159 - Average Per Return.......... 6.4 0.0 INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 11-121 - Average Per Return.......... 11.0 0.0 FUMBLES-LOST.................. 27-18 36-26 PENALTIES-YARDS............... 56- 532 52- 477 Average Per Game............ 53.2 47.7 PUNTS-YARDS................... 47-1787 45-1520 Average Per Punt............ 38.0 33.8 Net punt average............ 38.0 30.2 ATTENDANCE.................... 98,728 49,500 Games-Avg Per Game.......... 6-16,455 4-12,375
 1st2nd3rd4th Total
Florida State
21
55
20
40
136
Opponents
26
55
33
51
165
Overall Individual Statistics

RUSHING              G  Att Gain  Loss  Net   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Fred Pickard         9   86  475   12   463   5.4   2  80t   51.4
Bobby Renn          10   95  485   68   417   4.4   4        41.7
Stan Dobosz         10   75  269   14   255   3.4   1        25.5
Bob Nellums         10   57  226    3   223   3.9   2        22.3
Billy Weaver         6    7   87    0    87  12.4   0        14.5
Bob Carnes               12   58    4    54   4.5   0     
Pappy Rozman         4    8   52    0    52   6.5   1        13.0
Eddie Johnson        8   13   48    0    48   3.7   0         6.0
Jerry Henderson      8   27   89   57    32   1.2   0         4.0
Ted Rodrigue         8   18   59   34    25   1.4   0         3.1
Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
                     4    3   12    0    12   4.0   0         3.0
Lenny Levy                3    8    0     8   2.7   0     
Jerry Philp          6    6    4    8    -4  -0.7   0        -0.7
Carmen Battaglia          2    1    7    -6  -3.0   0     
Joe Majors           9   32   85  109   -24  -0.8   0        -2.7

Total.........      10  443 1958  316  1642   3.7  10  80t  164.2
Opponents.....      10  512 2127       2127   4.2  18       212.7


PASSING              G   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Long  Avg/G
---------------------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn          10   92.02  54- 23- 1   .426  263   2        26.3
Ted Rodrigue         8  105.32  37- 18- 4   .486  227   3        28.4
Joe Majors           9   73.27  49- 20- 4   .408  206   2        22.9
Jerry Henderson      8   45.25  24- 10- 5   .417   90   1        11.3

Total.........      10   78.92 164- 71-17   .433  786   8        78.6
Opponents.....      10  100.85 126- 61-10   .484  789   6        78.9


RECEIVING            G  No   Yds   Avg  TD Long  Avg/G
------------------------------------------------------
Bob Nellums         10  21   217  10.3   2        21.7
Ron Schomburger     10  11   160  14.5   3        16.0
Bill Kimber              2    80  40.0   2     
Billy Weaver         6   4    55  13.8   0         9.2
Eddie Johnson        8   3    44  14.7   0         5.5
Clare "Bud" Bagnell      2    43  21.5   1     
Jerry Philp          6   6    42   7.0   0         7.0
Jim Arnold               2    39  19.5   0     
John Spivey              3    22   7.3   0     
Fred Pickard         9   2    20  10.0   0         2.2
Ham Bisbee               2    18   9.0   0     
Carmen Battaglia         2    18   9.0   0     
Jim Hooks                1    17  17.0   0     
Stan Dobosz         10   3     9   3.0   0         0.9
Jerry Henderson      8   1     4   4.0   0         0.5
Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
                     4   2     0   0.0   0         0.0
Bobby Renn          10   4    -2  -0.5   0        -0.2

Total.........      10  71   786  11.1   8        78.6
Opponents.....      10  61   789  12.9   6        78.9


PUNT RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Fred Pickard          7   64   9.1  0     
Bobby Renn            6   37   6.2  0     
Joe Majors            3   18   6.0  0     
Jerry Philp           1   12  12.0  0     
Jerry Henderson       2   10   5.0  0     
Ron Schomburger       1    7   7.0  0     
Bob Carnes            1    7   7.0  0     
Carmen Battaglia      1    6   6.0  0     
Bob Nellums           1    5   5.0  0     
Ted Rodrigue          1    0   0.0  0     
Billy Weaver          1    0   0.0  0     
Lenny Levy            1    0   0.0  0     

Total.........       25  159   6.4  0     
Opponent......                      0     


INTERCEPTIONS        No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Joe Majors            2   35  17.5  0     
Jerry Philp           2   21  10.5  0     
Bob Nellums           1   16  16.0  0     
John Spivey           1   15  15.0  0     
Stan Dobosz           1   13  13.0  0     
Billy Weaver          1   12  12.0  0     
Jon Jenkins           1    9   9.0  0     
Jerry Henderson       1    0   0.0  0     
Bobby Renn            1    0   0.0  0     

Total.........       11  121  11.0  0     
Opponent......                      0     


KICK RETURNS         No  Yds   Avg TD Long
------------------------------------------
Stan Dobosz          19   390 20.5  0     
Billy Weaver          2    43 21.5  0     
Bob Nellums           4    39  9.8  0     
Fred Pickard          1    36 36.0  0     
Jerry Philp           2    34 17.0  0     
Jerry Henderson       1    20 20.0  0     
Bobby Renn            1    18 18.0  0     
Burt "Buddy" Reynolds 1    17 17.0  0     
Joe Majors            1    15 15.0  0     
John Spivey           1     7  7.0  0     

Total.........       33   619 18.8  0     
Opponent......                      0     


                                            Fum
FUMBLE RETURNS       No  Yds   Avg TD Long  For
-----------------------------------------------
Jerry Graham          5    0   0.0  0   .    0
Troy Barnes           3    0   0.0  0   .    0
Al Ulmer              3    0   0.0  0   .    0
George Boyer          2    0   0.0  1   .    0
Ron Schomburger       2    0   0.0  0   .    1
Bob Nellums           1    0   0.0  1   .    2
Bobby Renn            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bill Kimber           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Fred Pickard          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Eddie Johnson         1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Jerry Lane            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Ham Bisbee            1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Bob Fountain          1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Jim Hooks             1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Joe McGee             1    0   0.0  0   .    0
John Spivey           1    0   0.0  0   .    0
Paul Slaton           0    0    .   0   .    1

Total.........       26        0.0  2        4
Opponent......       18        0.0  0     


                               |-------- PATs --------|
Name                 TD   FGs    Kick   Rush  Rcv Pass  DXP Saf Points
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Bob Nellums           5   0-1     2-3    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    32
Bobby Renn            4   0-0     0-0    1-1   0   0-0   0   0    25
Ron Schomburger       3   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    18
Johnny Sheppard       0   0-1    12-15   0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Bill Kimber           2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
Fred Pickard          2   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0    12
George Boyer          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Stan Dobosz           1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Pappy Rozman          1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Clare "Bud" Bagnell   1   0-0     0-0    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     6
Carmen Battaglia      0   0-0     1-1    0-0   0   0-0   0   0     1
====================================================================
FSU                  20   0-2    15-19   1-1   0   0-0   0   0   136
Opponent             24   0-0    18-23   0-0   1   1-1   0   1   165

Runs and receptions after a touchdown were worth 1 point before 1958
Touchdowns
R
C
P
I
FR
PR
KR
L
FK
Bob Nellums
2
2
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
Bobby Renn
4
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ron Schomburger
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Bill Kimber
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Fred Pickard
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
George Boyer
.
.
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
Stan Dobosz
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Pappy Rozman
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Clare "Bud" Bagnell
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Ted Rodrigue
.
.
3
.
.
.
.
.
.
Jerry Henderson
.
.
1
.
.
.
.
.
.
Joe Majors
.
.
2
.
.
.
.
.
.
Total
10
8
8
.
2
.
.
.
.
Opponents
18
6
6
.
.
.
.
.
.
R = Rushing
C = Catch
P = Pass
I = Interception
FR = Fumble Recovery/Return
PR = Punt Return/Blocked Punt
KR = Kickoff Return
L = Lateral
FK = Free Kick Return


TOTAL OFFENSE        G Plays Rush Pass Total Avg/G
--------------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn          10  149   417  263   680  68.0
Fred Pickard         9   86   463    0   463  51.4
Stan Dobosz         10   75   255    0   255  25.5
Ted Rodrigue         8   55    25  227   252  31.5
Bob Nellums         10   57   223    0   223  22.3
Joe Majors           9   81   -24  206   182  20.2
Jerry Henderson      8   51    32   90   122  15.3
Billy Weaver         6    7    87    0    87  14.5
Bob Carnes               12    54    0    54
Pappy Rozman         4    8    52    0    52  13.0
Eddie Johnson        8   13    48    0    48   6.0
Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
                     4    3    12    0    12   3.0
Lenny Levy                3     8    0     8
Jerry Philp          6    6    -4    0    -4  -0.7
Carmen Battaglia          2    -6    0    -6

Total.........      10  607  1642  786  2428 242.8
Opponent......      10  638  2127  789  2916 291.6


FIELD GOALS         FGM-FGA  Pct 01-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 Lg
-----------------------------------------------------------------
Johnny Sheppard       0- 1  .000  0- 0  0- 1  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0
Bob Nellums           0- 1  .000  0- 0  0- 1  0- 0  0- 0  0- 0  0
FG SEQUENCE Johnny Sheppard Bob Nellums
FURMAN
None
None
BOSTON COLLEGE
None
None
VILLANOVA
None
None
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
25
None
ABILENE CHRISTIAN
None
None
VIRGINIA TECH
None
28
MIAMI
None
None
MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN
None
None
AUBURN
None
None
TAMPA
None
None
() For made field goals


PUNTING             No  Yds   Avg Long  TB  FC I20 Blkd
-------------------------------------------------------
Bobby Renn          35 1413  40.4                     
Jerry Henderson      7  229  32.7                     
Ted Rodrigue         3   77  25.7                     
Bob Carnes           2   68  34.0                     

Total.........      47 1787  38.0                     
Opponent......      45 1520  33.8                     


ALL PURPOSE          G Rush   Rec   PR   KR   IR   FR  Tot Avg/G
----------------------------------------------------------------
Stan Dobosz         10  255     9    0  390   13    0  667  66.7
Fred Pickard         9  463    20   64   36    0    0  583  64.8
Bob Nellums         10  223   217    5   39   16    0  500  50.0
Bobby Renn          10  417    -2   37   18    0    0  470  47.0
Billy Weaver         6   87    55    0   43   12    0  197  32.8
Ron Schomburger     10    0   160    7    0    0    0  167  16.7
Jerry Philp          6   -4    42   12   34   21    0  105  17.5
Eddie Johnson        8   48    44    0    0    0    0   92  11.5
Bill Kimber               0    80    0    0    0    0   80
Jerry Henderson      8   32     4   10   20    0    0   66   8.3
Bob Carnes               54     0    7    0    0    0   61
Pappy Rozman         4   52     0    0    0    0    0   52  13.0
Joe Majors           9  -24     0   18   15   35    0   44   4.9
John Spivey               0    22    0    7   15    0   44
Clare "Bud" Bagnell       0    43    0    0    0    0   43
Jim Arnold                0    39    0    0    0    0   39
Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
                     4   12     0    0   17    0    0   29   7.3
Ted Rodrigue         8   25     0    0    0    0    0   25   3.1
Ham Bisbee                0    18    0    0    0    0   18
Carmen Battaglia         -6    18    6    0    0    0   18
Jim Hooks                 0    17    0    0    0    0   17
Jon Jenkins               0     0    0    0    9    0    9
Lenny Levy                8     0    0    0    0    0    8

Total.........      10 1642   786  159  619  121    0 3327 332.7
Opponent......      10 2127   789    0    0    0    0 2916 291.6


                        |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd
DEFENSIVE LEADERS   GP   UT   AT  Total   ForLoss     No - Yards  Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds  FF Kick Saf
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Joe Majors           9    .    .     .      .            .          2- 35   .    .    .      .   .   .
Jerry Philp          6    .    .     .      .            .          2- 21   .    .    .      .   .   .
Bob Nellums         10    .    .     .      .            .          1- 16   .    .   1-  0   2   .   .
John Spivey               .    .     .      .            .          1- 15   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Stan Dobosz         10    .    .     .      .            .          1- 13   .    .    .      .   .   .
Billy Weaver         6    .    .     .      .            .          1- 12   .    .    .      .   .   .
Jon Jenkins               .    .     .      .            .          1-  9   .    .    .      .   .   .
Bobby Renn          10    .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jerry Henderson      8    .    .     .      .            .          1-  0   .    .    .      .   .   .
Jerry Graham              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   5-  0   .   .   .
Troy Barnes               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   1   .
George Boyer              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   .   .   .
Ron Schomburger     10    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   2-  0   1   .   .
Al Ulmer                  .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   3-  0   .   .   .
Ham Bisbee                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   1   .
Bob Fountain              .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jim Hooks                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Eddie Johnson        8    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Bill Kimber               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Jerry Lane                .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Joe McGee                 .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Fred Pickard         9    .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .   1-  0   .   .   .
Paul Slaton               .    .     .      .            .           .      .    .    .      1   .   .

FLORIDA STATE 27, FURMAN 7

09/21/1957, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 22, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Held in check by a stunning string of penalties and a reasonably stubborn Furman University football team, Florida State settled for a 27-7 triumph here last night.

The Seminoles were charged with 13 infractions that cost them a whopping 172 yards. They also lost the ball four times on fumbles and averaged but 17.2 on three punts.

Doubtless handicapped by frequent rains that hampered three weeks of fall practice, the Tribe obviously has some polishing to do before heading into Yankeeland the next two Saturdays for engagements with Boston College and Villanova.

Coach Tom Nugent was able, however, to get in some helpful game-experience for a vast number of reserves, and to get by without using pet plays he may have in his files.

Quick Productions

Held scoreless in the first quarter, FSU struck for three quick touchdowns in the second period. After Furman trimmed the score to 20-7 by halftime, FSU called it a night, scoring-wise, with a final third-quarter TD.

FSU's payoffs came, in succession, on Bobby Renn's 1-yard plunge after an 82-yard drive, Bob Nellums' recovery in the end zone of an abortive punting effort, Ted Rodrigue's 33-yard pass to Clare Bagnell, and Renn's 4-yard pass to Nellums.

Furman got its one-and-only just before halftime when Billy Baker passed 13 yards to Ray Siminski. It was set up at the FSU 33 when a punt was muffled and Furman recovered.

Through the inconsistency, there shown some bright faces.

Fred Pickard, sophomore halfback, was a sharp newcomer, leading the ground game with 79 yards on six carries. Renn knocked off 77 in 11 and Billy Weaver 76 in four. Pickard had one 49-yard scamper in his total and Weaver a 42-yarder.

At Quarterback, Renn moved the team well enough, was a constant breakaway threat.

Summed up, the Seminoles displayed what may be their most dangerous running game. It netted 374 yards. Passing was a bit spotty with seven completions in 16 throws for 85 yards.

Save for the penalties and other rather normal first-game miscues, the crowd of 16,712 might well have seen a replay of last year's 42-7 affair.

It was FSU's fourth straight decision over the Purple Hurricanes; and a third straight opening success.

All in Vain

After Furman received the opening kickoff and could cut no opening ice, the crowd got an early thrill when Renn, on his first offensive play from scrimmage as a quarterback, went wide and stepped 34 yards down the sidelines for an apparent touchdown.

But some Seminole was detected clipping at the 9 and this splendid start was canceled, with FSU handed the ball on the 24 after the penalty.

Given this reprieve, the Hurricanes stiffened and, aided by a second 15-yard penalty for holding, held. Furman took over at its 14 when FSU drew a third 15-yarder as Renn tried a futile end-zone pass to Nellums.

With FSU's second unit in the game, Furman threatened. A 17-yard pass from Billy Baker to Charley Linder provided the first penetration into Seminole territory at the 39. Baker passed to Hickey Horton at the 24 but it was nullified because a back was in motion. Finally obliged to punt, Charlie Gay bounced it out on the 7.

With Ted Rodrigue engineering, FSU picked up a couple of first downs. Renn returned, gave the ball to Fred Pickard, who fumbled on the heels of a fine 12-yard gain to the FSU 40. Furman's Dan Brill recovered.

A holding penalty hobbled the Hurricanes and Gay punted again, this time to the 18.

Rolling at Last

Only two minutes of the first quarter remained when FSU finally began mustering a payoff push. It took just eight plays for Renn to guide the 82-yard trip. Highlights were Renn's 16-yard dash, an 11-yard pass to Weaver, a 19-yarder to Johnson, and Renn's 18-yard scamper that put the ball on the one.

On the second play of the second quarter, Renn smashed off tackle for touchdown No. 1. Johnny Sheppard kicked the point for 7-0.

And that fractured what had been a tight ball game.

it was just a little later when Furman's Linder, back to punt, scrambled madly as the snap from center sailed high over his head. He picked up the ball in the end zone, got racked by Ron Schomburger and fumbled. Nellums leaped on top of it for six points. Nellums' point try was wide, leaving it 13-0.

Another minute or so and Gay fumbled at the Furman 33. Troy Barnes covered it for the Tribe.

After Jerry Henderson manipulated the team to the 17, Rodrigue came in. The Seminoles were taxed 15 yards following a short pass to Buddy Reynolds.

But from the 33 Rodrigue pitched one neatly into the hands of Clare Bagnell, big sophomore end. He caught it on the 3, stepped across for the touchdown. Carmen Battaglia's point effort was true and things stood, 20-0.

Furman found it was across the goal after Rodrigue touched a punted ball and Gene Head got it for the Hurricanes at the FSU 30.

Baker jump-passed 13 yards to end Ray Siminski for the score. Siminski's kick then narrowed it to 20-7 with 2:09 left in the half.

Joe Majors tried to stretch the count with short and long passes that wrought naught. Bobby Carnes broke up what might have been a Furman touchdown on the last play of the half.

Furman had Dick Kolans, a senior guard operating at quarterback. It was he that heaved a long one toward Marvin Starr, quarterback playing halfback. Carnes stymied it on the goal line.

Lose It Again

FSU lost its third fumble of the evening shortly after the third-quarter kickoff. Siminski recovered to blunt a drive that had extended to the Furman 40.

But by mid-quarter FSU was away on an 86-yard TD jaunt. Big lick was Pickard's 49-yard ramble to the Furman 26. Billy Weaver got 10 and Renn 13 to the three.

A holding penalty only delayed things. Confronted with a fourth-and-two situation at the four, Renn surprised a tensed Furman defense with a pass to Nellums in the end zone. Sheppard's boot through the uprights made the scoreboard read 27-7.

Rodrigue, on a 24-yard run, had FSU knocking again at the Furman 45. But when he passed Starr intercepted, ran it back 17 yards to the FSU 48.

With the fourth quarter now underway, Furman moved to the 15 before Baker fumbled and George Boyer claimed it for FSU.

Weaver Loose

From the 37, Weaver discovered a large hole off left tackle and scooted 42 yards to the Furman 21. Rodrigue's pass went astray and FSU was assessed 15 yards for having an illegal receiver downfield. That crippled that.

Ham Bisbee tore through to block a Gay punt but it was converted into a Furman advantage when the Hurricanes' Sam Taylor grabbed the ball at the visitors' 30, making for a first down.

Penalties continued to shackle the Seminoles until the clock ran out.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FURMAN
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
0
20
7
0
27

2nd   7- 0  Bobby Renn, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 14:02
     13- 0  Bob Nellums, 0, fumble recovery/return (Bob Nellums, kick failed), 12:58
            Note: The snap was over the punter's head. After picking up 
                  the ball he was tackled by Ron Schomburger and fumbled
                  - Nellums recovered the ball in the end zone.         
     20- 0  Clare "Bud" Bagnell, 33, pass from Ted Rodrigue (Carmen Battaglia, kick), 8:09 
     20- 7  Opp, 13, pass (kick), 2:09 
3rd  27- 7  Bob Nellums, 2, pass from Bobby Renn (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 5:37 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 19 4 Rushes-yards 50-369 36- 65 Passing 79 26 Att-Comp-Int 16-7-1 10-4-0 Total Yards 66-448 46-91 Punt Returns 5-6 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-47 5-98 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-17 Fumble Returns 4-0 4-0 Punts 3-16.7 8-30.5 Fumbles-Lost 4-4 5-4 Penalties-Yds 13-172 7-53 Attendance 16,712 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 6- 79 Billy Weaver 6- 76 Bobby Renn 11- 72 Stan Dobosz 9- 37 Eddie Johnson 7- 34 Ted Rodrigue 4- 33 Jerry Henderson 2- 13 Burt "Buddy" Reynolds 2- 12 Lenny Levy 2- 7 Bob Carnes 1- 6 Receiving Clare "Bud" Bagnell 1- 33 Billy Weaver 2- 24 Eddie Johnson 1- 20 Bob Nellums 1- 2 Burt "Buddy" Reynolds 2- 0 Passing Bobby Renn 6- 4-0- 46 Ted Rodrigue 6- 3-1- 33 Joe Majors 4- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Carmen Battaglia 1- 6 Billy Weaver 1- 0 Lenny Levy 1- 0 Ted Rodrigue 1- 0 Fred Pickard 1- 0 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 2- 47 Punting Bob Carnes 1- 30 Jerry Henderson 1- 13 Bobby Renn 1- 7 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Troy Barnes . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jerry Graham . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . George Boyer . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bob Nellums . . . . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Ham Bisbee . . . . . . . . . . 1 . Ron Schomburger . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   15  Bobby Renn
RH   26  Billy Weaver
LH   27  Stan Dobosz
FB   44  Eddie Johnson
C    52  Troy Barnes
LG   65  Bob Fountain
RG   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
DB   26  Billy Weaver
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LB   44  Eddie Johnson
MG   52  Troy Barnes
LG   65  Bob Fountain
RG   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
20  Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
21  Bob Carnes
22  Lenny Levy
##  NAME
-----------------------------
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Fred Pickard
42  Carmen Battaglia
81  Ham Bisbee
83  Clare "Bud" Bagnell

BOSTON COLLEGE 20, FLORIDA STATE 7

09/28/1957, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, September 29, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

BOSTON, MA - It was a beautiful day in Boston. The sun shone brightly and the not-too-cool-weather was "just right" for football.

But it was a plain-out miserable day for Florida State's team as hard-knocking Boston College, spurred by the superb passing of Don Allard, earned a decisive 20-7 triumph.

Throwing like a professional, Allard, a junior whom Coach Tom Nugent once thought would play for FSU, completed 12 of 18 passes for 147 yards.

A crowd of about 10,000 looked on in rather calm approval as the Eagles registered their first victory in a new stadium that had been christened last week with a 46-6 loss to the Navy.

Brightest Moments

FSU's brightest moments came on the first play of the game, and in the fading moments when a touchdown was finally gained.

Boston College fumbled the kickoff and Troy Barnes recovered for the Seminoles at the enemy 24.

But the Seminoles set a pattern of futility with the opportunity that plagued them the rest of the game. They got no further than the 21, and it was to be their deepest penetration until the fourth quarter was almost gone.

Behind 7-0 at halftime, a 20-0 deficit was on the scoreboard by the time FSU, led by the passes of Ted Rodrigue, at last scored.

The touchdown came on Rodrigue's 23-yard pitch to Ron Schomburger. It climaxed a 74-yard drive. Schomburger outfought a scrapping B.C. defender to make the catch at the goal line.

Probing accurately through a porous defense. Allard puzzled the Seminoles all afternoon. And he kept the Tribe off balance by turning loose a pair of hard running backs, Alan Miller and Larry Plenty. Miller got 95 yards in 16 runs and Plenty, a Negro, 37 in eight.

BC's first score came late in the first quarter when Miller scored from two yards out on the heels of an 82-yard parade. No. 2 came in the middle of the third quarter when Plenty bucked for a two after an 80-yard push. Final Eagle score was on John Flanagan's catch of a 5-yard pass thrown by Allard in the fourth period, following a 33-yard trip set up by Bob Murphy's 34-yard punt return.

20-Yard Penalty

Ironically, the Seminoles, who drew 172 yards in penalties as they whipped Furman, 27-7, a week ago, were assessed only 20 yards in this one. And those 20 came in the last four minutes.

A pressing BC line gave FSU backs no room to run. And when the Seminoles tried to pass they found receivers either sprawling on the ground or well covered.

Though Rodrigue, born nine miles down the road at Lynn, completed a creditable six of nine throws for 60 yards, all the catches were during the late scoring drive when the verdict was no longer in doubt.

Nor did Quarterback Bobby Renn have much occasion to strut on the option play. For 11 carries, he showed but 24 net yards.

Boston College's Miller fumbled the opening kickoff and Barnes covered the ball for FSU at the 24.

Pass Goes Astray

Billy Weaver got two, Renn's pass fell astray, Stan Dobosz picked up one. Rodrigue came in to throw, got nailed for a 4-yard loss and BC took over on its 25.

BC pushed to the 30 before getting off a punt that Renn returned 10 yards to the FSY 42. Three plays resulted in three yards lost and Renn punted 45 yards to the 15. Allard was stopped after running the ball back to the 18.

In 12 plays BC ate up the 82 yards between itself and the FSU goal. Directing smartly, Allard stuck to the ground until he got up to his 45.

FSUs No. 2 line came in and Allard started passing. He shot a short one to Don Tossi at the FSU 44, another to John Flanagan at the 34. Then he hit Tossi with an 16-yarder at the 18 and Miller with a 16-yarder at the two. Miller dived over the right side for six points. James Cotter's conversion made it 7-0 with 4:05 left in the quarter.

Crimp in Things

Jerry Henderson quarterbacked the Tribe smoothly from the 27 to the 43 after the kick. But Frank Moretti put a crimp into things by striking Buddy Reynolds down for a 9-yard loss. Then James Colclough intercepted Henderson's pass at the BC 35.

FSU substituted heavily in an effort to find the right combination. But the Seminoles remained bottled up in their own territory the remainder of the first half.

Carmen Battaglia discouraged one B.C. bid when he tackled Colclough for minus 11.

A little later Reynolds fumbled and Tom Meeham grabbed it for B.C. at the FSU 40. Quickly, the Eagles were knocking at the 15 as Allard completed tosses to Miller and Flanagan.

Allard Gets Loose

Allard, on a keep, got loose up the middle on a weaving run but Bill Musselman racked him hard at the three and the quarterback coughed up the ball. Renn recovered at the two.

Dobosz got the team out of trouble with a driving run to the 15.

Renn punted to the B.C. 45 and Allard cocked his arm again to shoot for another TD with time fast running out in the second quarter. On the last play of the half Bill Alves caught a long throw at the 14 but was promptly mowed down.

Weaver almost got away on the second-half kickoff. He took a handoff from Renn on a reverse at the 20, danced to the FSU 47 before he was stopped.

Renn got six and the Seminoles were in B.C. country for the first time under their own steam. But Dobosz, on a pitchout, lost nine.

Renn Kick A Beaut

A kick by Renn was a beaut that trickled a bare yard inside the end zone. B.C. took over on its 20 after the touchback.

Switching tactics, B.C. unleashed some rugged running behind effective blocking. It brought a touchdown.

Miller and plenty led the assault to midfield. Confronted with a fourth-and-seven situation at the FSU 41, B.C. showed supreme disdain for Seminole defenses by electing to run. Miller made a first down at the 34.

FSU stiffened momentarily around its 20 but Bill Brown kept B.C. going with a 10-yard pass to Cotter at the nine. Fourth down and two, and plenty made it with a smash over the middle. Barnes blocked the point try.

Still no offense for the Seminoles, and B.C. started another move from its 26 following a Rodrigue punt.

Allard passes to Miller, Plenty and Murphy, plus devastating running by Miller, put B.C. at the FSU 16 in four plays. Needing a yard at the seven on fourth down, B.C. failed to make it as Al Ulmer grabbed Allard and forced a fumble that Schomburger recovered at the 10.

Gallant Action

This gallant action looked in vain a minute later when Murphy returned a punt 34 yards to the FSU 33 to set B.C. up again.

Allard passed to Colclough at the 15. Four runs netted a first down at the five by inches. Then Allard threw into the end zone and Flanagan made a falling catch for touchdown No. 3. Cotter's point made it 20-0.

B.C. got still another chance as Colclough intercepted a Rodrigue pass and ran it back to the FSU 32. Led by Paul Slaton, the Seminoles held.

Finally, FSU got a successful march going. Almost stopped before they got started, the Seminoles, ready to punt on fourth down, "stayed alive" with the help of a first down achieved on an offsides penalty.

Rodrigue Does It.

Robrigue's passes did it as the Seminoles went 74 yards. From the FSU 45, Rodrigue hit Schomburger with a strike at the B.C. 43. Schomburger fumbled and Bob Nellums picked it up, ran to the B.C. 30. At the 25, Rodrigue passed to Weaver out of bounds on the eight. Rodrigue's TD pitch to Nellums in the end zone was nullified by a holding penalty. Then the Tribe was taxed with a 5-yarder. Back to the 30. A pass to Dobosz lost six more yards.

But Schomburger grabbed a throw at the 23.

Then Schomburger, in a battle with Alves for the ball at the goal line, latched on for a TD after a rather amazing juggling act.

Johnny Sheppard's point was true and it was 20-7 with 2:10 left in the game.

B.C. was content to run out the clock.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
7
7
BOSTON COLLEGE
7
0
6
7
20

1st   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 4:05 
3rd   0-13  Opp, 1, run (kick blocked by Troy Barnes)
4th   0-20  Opp, 5, pass (kick)
      7-20  Ron Schomburger, 13, pass from Ted Rodrigue (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 2:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 6 23 Rushes-yards 32- 48 55-208 Passing 79 172 Att-Comp-Int 12-7-2 22-14-0 Total Yards 44-127 77-380 Punt Returns 2-13 4-53 Kickoff Returns 4-80 2-5 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-44 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 7-38.1 4-32.8 Fumbles-Lost 4-1 5-3 Penalties-Yds 3-20 4-15 Attendance 10,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bobby Renn 8- 27 Stan Dobosz 6- 11 Ted Rodrigue 6- 5 Billy Weaver 1- 3 Eddie Johnson 2- 2 Fred Pickard 3- 2 Carmen Battaglia 1- 1 Jerry Henderson 3- -1 Jerry Philp 2- -2 Receiving Ron Schomburger 3- 52 Billy Weaver 1- 16 Bob Nellums 1- 11 Stan Dobosz 2- 0 Passing Ted Rodrigue 9- 7-2- 79 Bobby Renn 3- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Bobby Renn 2- 13 Kickoff Return Billy Weaver 1- 32 Stan Dobosz 2- 31 Burt "Buddy" Reynolds 1- 17 Punting Bobby Renn 5- 204 Ted Rodrigue 2- 63 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Troy Barnes . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . 1 . Bobby Renn . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Al Ulmer . . . . . . . . 1- 0 1 . . Bill Musselman . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   15  Bobby Renn
RH   26  Billy Weaver
LH   27  Stan Dobosz
FB   44  Eddie Johnson
C    52  Troy Barnes
LG   65  Bob Fountain
RG   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
DB   26  Billy Weaver
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LB   44  Eddie Johnson
MG   52  Troy Barnes
LG   65  Bob Fountain
RG   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
    Bill Brown
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
20  Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
21  Bob Carnes
22  Lenny Levy
##  NAME
-----------------------------
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
25  Fred Pickard
42  Carmen Battaglia
50  Paul Slaton
62  Al Ulmer
83  Clare "Bud" Bagnell

VILLANOVA 21, FLORIDA STATE 7

10/05/1957, VILLANOVA, PA, Home stadium is in Philadelphia, Pa

From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 6, 1957, by Bill McGrotha, page 1.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - A truly vigorous Florida State effort here this afternoon was not enough to offset key injuries and the intent performance of a riled Villanova University football team.

Despite all they could muster - including some surprises - the Seminoles lost, 21-7.

With the gall of three straight losses to FSU big in their throats, the Wildcats were bent on winning emphatically the fourth time out.

They won, all right, but not as emphatically as they might have. Led by the hard-nosed performance of Stan Dobosz, who switched from lefthalf to righthalf, the Seminoles did themselves proud at times.

Bobby Renn Kicks

Bobby Renn, nursing a battered hip, handled the ball only one time all afternoon. That one was in the role of punter. Bill Weaver, the No. 1 righthalf, saw only brief action in the last couple of minutes because of a bad shoulder.

Guard Jerry Graham was hobbled so badly by a hip injury that he didn't even make the trip.

The Seminoles used a variation of the hurry-up huddle that Texas A&M worked against Maryland two weeks ago. Sometimes they ran a play without huddling. And they had some unbalanced line maneuvers.

Subbing for the injured Renn, Jerry Henderson and Joe majors performed well at quarterback. The Tribe also got some notable backfield work from Bobby Carnes, the Tallahassee sophomore. And there were some standout jobs by several Seminole linemen.

Bright Quarterbacking

But all of it didn't counter-balance the bright quarterbacking of Villanova's Jim Grazione, who hit four of eight passes for 90 yards and knocked off sizable running gains when they counted most.

Villanova scored in the second quarter on John Daniels' smash from the two after a 62-yard march and on Grazione's 61-yard pass to Rick Sapienza.

FSU narrowed things to 14-7 early in the third period when Henderson uncorked a surprise 14-yard pass to Ron Schomburger in a fourth and one situation. But Villanova got its 14-point advantage back in a hurry with fullback Jack Devereaux pounding across from the two following a 55-yard push.

Devereaux and Sapienza were rough customers throughout. Devereaux got 82 yards in 20 carries, Sapienza 32 in 7. Sapienza caught two passes for 73 yards, intercepted one of FSU's 15 throws.

Dobosz reeled off 63 yards in 18 runs and brought back four kick returns 121 yards, almost getting away on a couple. Carnes gained 43 yards in 10 runs.

Though they scored on a throw, the Seminoles had a tough time completing passes, managing just four connections out of 15 efforts.

Villanova Homecoming

It was homecoming for Villanova. Some 13,000 fans looked on in pleasant 60-degree weather.

Dobosz provided FSU with an opening lift when he hauled back the kickoff 33 yards to the Seminoles' 48.

But FSU got no further than the Villanova 48. Bobby Renn came in to punt out of bounds at the 21.

Two 15-yard penalties hobbled the home team and Villanova finally kicked from its nine. Fred Pickard, racked by 225-pound tackle Don Luzzi, fumbled the punt and Jack Devereaux recovered for Villanova at the Wildcats' 43.

Another Penalty

Another penalty helped stop Villanova.

Starting from its 22, FSU clicked with short ground gains. With Majors directing the attack, the Seminoles marched in 18 running plays to the Villanova 19. On fourth down, needing nine, Jerry Henderson came in the throw but fumbled when hit. It was a 19-yard setback.

Villanova paraded from this point to a touchdown with the second quarter three and a half minutes old. It took 15 plays to cover the 62 yards and it was the alternate running of Devereaux, John Daniels and Jim Grazione that did it. One pass, Grazione to Tony Varrechione for 10 yards to the FSU 23, was a big lick. Two runs moved the sticks on the 18, then Grazione swung wide to the right. Devereaux hit the line twice, got six, then Daniels smashed over for the TD. Sapienza kicked the point for 7-0.

Dobosz brought the kick back 23 yards to the FSU 40. A punting exchange gave the Tribe the ball again at its 43. Still the Seminoles couldn't go and another FSU boot gave Villanova the ball at its 22 with time ticking away in the half.

Grazione's running led Villanova to midfield. Paul Slaton struck the quarterback down for a loss of six and a penalty for delay knocked Villanova back to the 39.

With a minute left, Grazione peddled backwards to throw as Sapienza raced down the sideline. Lenny Levy came in too far and Sapienza grabbed the ball on the run just behind the FSU back at about the Seminole 30. It was easy the rest of the way.

61-yard Score

Sapienza capped the 61-yard scoring play with another point-after that made it 14-0.

FSU successfully worked an onsides kick to open the second half. Dobosz covering the ball after Nellums toed it to the Villanova 46.

A couple of plays later it looked like the whole thing had backfired as Dobosz fumbled and Mike De Lucia recovered for Villanova at the 45. But on the following play an aroused FSU line forced a fumble by Dave Parr. Schomburger got it for the Tribe on the 45.

Dobosz got six, Henderson two and Bobby Carnes four. Henderson went wide for nine. Dobosz made it a first down at the 23. Fourth down at the 14 and FSU needed a yard.

Instead of a run for a first down, Henderson stunned everyone in the stadium with a pass. Schomburger caught it on the goal line and scored. Johnny Sheppard's kick was true for 14-7.

On the kickoff Nellums booted one out of bounds and rules called for him to do it over again. Second time he went for another onside kick.

Kick Backfires

This one did backfire.

Villanova was ready and De Lucia got it at the Wildcat 45. Sapienza caught a pass from Grazione for 12 yards, then whipped around end for 12 more. Five pounding runs netted a first down on the four. On third down, Devereaux pushed over from the two. Sapienza picked up a fumbled snap and passed to Bill Halligan for the extra point. It was now 21-7 with the third quarter almost over.

A 14-yard punt by Ted Rodrigue gave Villanova a crack from it's own 46. FSU stopped the Wildcats' penetration at it's 14.

Sapienza's interception of Majors' pass at the Villanova 21 blunted an FSU bid. FSU had a return opportunity when Bill McGee fumbled as Al Ulmer got it for the Tribe at the Villanova 43. This one played out as Carnes lost the ball after a 16-yard gain to the Wildcat 20, with Joe Fitzpatrick recovering.

Again Villanova fumbled and ham Bisbee got this one for FSU at the Wildcat 25. Rodrigue ran for 5, then passed to bob Nellums for a first down at the five. Two more passes and a run gained naught. Vince Chaverini intercepted Rodrigue's last down shot in the end zone.

And that was the last chance FSU had.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
7
0
7
VILLANOVA
0
14
7
0
21

2nd   0- 7  Opp, 2, run (kick), 11:34
      0-14  Opp, 61, pass (kick)
3rd   7-14  Ron Schomburger, 14, pass from Jerry Henderson (Johnny Sheppard, kick)
      7-21  Opp, 2, run (pass)


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 12 14 Rushes-yards 52-158 56-185 Passing 37 90 Att-Comp-Int 15-4-2 8-4-0 Total Yards 67-195 64-275 Punt Returns 3-25 2-3 Kickoff Returns 4-121 1-0 Interception Ret. 0-0 2-21 Fumble Returns 3-0 4-0 Punts 5-28.4 4-36.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-4 5-3 Penalties-Yds 2-10 4-40 Attendance 13,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Stan Dobosz 18- 63 Bob Carnes 10- 43 Fred Pickard 6- 17 Joe Majors 5- 17 Jerry Henderson 6- 10 Ted Rodrigue 5- 7 Lenny Levy 1- 1 Billy Weaver 1- 0 Receiving Bob Nellums 1- 15 Ron Schomburger 1- 14 Ham Bisbee 1- 9 John Spivey 1- -1 Passing Ted Rodrigue 7- 3-1- 23 Jerry Henderson 6- 1-1- 14 Joe Majors 2- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Joe Majors 1- 11 Fred Pickard 1- 7 Bob Carnes 1- 7 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 4- 121 Punting Jerry Henderson 2- 63 Bobby Renn 1- 27 Ted Rodrigue 1- 14 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ron Schomburger . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Al Ulmer . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Ham Bisbee . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   14  Jerry Henderson
LH   21  Bob Carnes
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
FB   44  Eddie Johnson
C    52  Troy Barnes
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   79  Lou Wallace
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   14  Jerry Henderson
DB   21  Bob Carnes
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LB   44  Eddie Johnson
MG   52  Troy Barnes
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   79  Lou Wallace
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
15  Bobby Renn
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
25  Fred Pickard
##  NAME
-----------------------------
26  Billy Weaver
50  Paul Slaton
65  Bob Fountain
77  George Boyer
81  Ham Bisbee

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 7, FLORIDA STATE 0

10/12/1957, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 13, 1957, page 1.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Two football teams with blood in their eyes met last night at Campbell Stadium. And North Carolina State, supposedly the 13th best team in the nation, was grateful to come out simply the best in Tallahassee.

At least, the scoreboard indicated the Wolfpack was the best in Tallahassee. Florida State lost, 7-0.

It was, to use the un-nice but precise adjective applied by most of the crowd of 16,200, a helluva game.

When all was done, it was a 46-yard pass from Ernie Driscoll, a 25-year-old third string junior quarterback, to Dick Christy that was the difference. It came 10 seconds before halftime.

Incredible Kicking

For Florida State, it was mostly Bobby Renn and his incredible kicking that kept the decision in doubt until the last 50 seconds. He put his foot into the ball five times and came up with an amazing 51.6 average. Twice he quick-kicked, once for 34 yards to the enemy 7, once for 63 yards to the 4. And he had a 64-yarder that stopped on the Wolfpack 1-foot line.

Coach Tom Nugent had called an unprecedented Saturday morning practice for eight backs, two centers to work on kicking, with emphasis on quick-kicks.

It was, unfortunately, the last game between these two after six meetings. NC State won the first and last. FSU took the four in between. There are no plans for future scheduling.

NC State's vaunted multiple offense worked magically-until the Raleigh boys got down where it counted.

The Wolfpack lost fumbles at the FSU 4, 10 and 30. Touted halfbacks Dick Christy and Dick Hunter were fine lads indeed - but they never got loose save for for that one decisive time when Christy caught the pass.

Christy got 61 yards in 20 runs, caught three passes for 75 yards. Hunter totaled 62 yards on 17 carries.

FSU did some sputtering, too. Once the Tribe was at the Wolfpack 13, fourth and three. A field-goal try from the 18 after a penalty for delay, was wide. And once FSU had a first down at the Wolfpack 28 but passes failed to do it.

Three FSU passes were intercepted, two by cat-like Dick Katich, who was quite a quarterback at times. The pass thefts came at the NC State 30, 32 and 49.

Renn, wearing extra pads but showing little effects of his hip injury received 10 days ago, was FSU's leading gainer, picking up 52 yards in 11 efforts. Jerry Henderson was an interesting if erratic quarterback. He completed eight of 14 passes for 64 yards, ran seven times for 35.

Line play on both sides was rugged. Guard Abner Bigbie was a stickout for FSU.

Safely Away

From the opening kickoff, NC State was a determined football team. FSU's Bob Nellums booted the ball carefully, away from the dangerous Christy and Hunter. Tom Katich brought it back five yards to the Wolfpack 33.

A 12-yard dash by Hunter led to midfield. Three more runs gained the FSU 41. Faking a pass, quarterback Katich pitched back to Christy, who skipped 25 yards to the 16. Hunter got four. Christy smashed eight yards to the four.

Christy then took off for the goal line, might have made it if he'd kept the ball. He lost it. Al Ulmer recovered for FSU at the four.

Renn's running got the Tribe out of the hole. Renn punted 44 yards. Nellums held Hunter to a 5-yard return to the NC State 49.

Hunter pounded to the FSU 45. Katich passed to Christy for 15 to the 30. The quarterback fumbled on the next try, however, and Joe McGee, a Raleigh, NC boy covered the ball for FSU.

Come FSU's turn to ramble, and Renn got things going with an 18-yard prance to midfield. From the Wolfpack 48, Joe Majors hit on a nine-yard pass to Clare Bagnell. The Seminoles penetrated to the 32 but were stymied with a 15-yarder for clipping. From the 44 on third down Renn quick-kicked 34 yards to the 7.

NC State promptly kicked back - to the Wolfpack 48.

Jerry Henderson passed to Gerald Philp, who made a digging run to the 37 as the quarter ended.

On the keep, Henderson raced to the 20 behind Nellums' block. Stan Dobosz, in two runs, got to the 13. Henderson's pass fell incomplete. Johnny Sheppard came in to kick a field goal. There was some confusion. FSU was penalized five for delay.

From the 18 Shep's kick was wide to the left. NC State took over on the 20.

Drive Stopped

With Hunter and Christy alternating, NC State slashed to the 50. Christy passed 17 yards to Don Miketa. Passes failed but on fourth down Katich saw daylight and ran to a first down at the 22.

FSU stiffened. Christy lost five. Hunter went to the 13 but the visitors got an illegal-procedure penalty that knocked them back to the 25. On fourth down, Jay Beacon dropped a pass at the 10 when Majors hit him hard from behind.

With Henderson guiding, FSU moved inside Wolfpack territory when interference was ruled on a pass to Nellums at the NC State 45. But Henderson fumbled for a loss of four and two plays later punted over the goal.

Time was running out fast, but not fast enough.

NC State drove to the 50 but Driscoll was dumped for a loss of 10 by Ron Schomburger and Ham Bisbee.

Then Driscoll found Christy open and connected with a pass at the FSU 46. Ten seconds remained in the half.

All the Way

Driscoll faded, threw. Christy, outmaneuvering defenders Henderson and Buddy Reynolds, caught it at the 25 and, hugging the sidelines, sprinted for the touchdown.

Hunter kicked the point and a disappointed band of Seminoles went to the dressing room trailing 7-0 after Dobosz brought back a fumbled kickoff to the 15.

FSU couldn't move on the ground after the second-half kickoff. But Renn could through the air. He quick-kicked a whopping 63 yards to the Carolina 4.

After moving to the 8, the Wolfpack kicked out and Renn on a reverse handoff from Henderson returned 15 yards to the NC State 36.

This lovely opportunity promptly went down the drain when Hunter intercepted at the 32.

Another Bobble

Bright running by Katich when apparently trapped moved the visitors all the way to a first down on the FSY 10. The quarterback wiggled for 11 and 15 yards in the push. Things came to a halt when Ron Podwika fumbled at the 10 and Eddie Johnson got it for FSU. FSU got another pass-interference ruling and a first down at its 35. Again Henderson threw, Katich intercepted at the Wolfpack 49.

A clipping penalty helped stall NC State and a punt was out of bounds at the FSU 29.

Three plays and Renn punted. This one rolled 64 yards dead on the Wolfpack 1-foot line. Ken Trowbridge punted from the end zone up to his 28 just before the quarter ended.

Renn ran to the 19 but a penalty canceled it. From the 32 Renn passed to Johnson at the 22. Henderson passed to Schomburger and the play lost four yards. Fourth down, and Renn threw a long one. Incomplete.

Deep Passing

It was mostly Christy and Hunter again in a drive to the FSU 26. On a Christy pass to Hunter at the 16 holding was detected and the visitors were moved back to the 47. On the punt FSU was caught clipping and had to start from the 1-yard line.

A gambling Majors shot two incomplete passes from behind the goal. The Renn punted 50 yards to the NC State 49. A clipping penalty put the visitors back to their 41.

Wally Prince, a Cairo, Ga boy, ran twice for 18 yards to the FSU 41. Ken Trowbridge and Ron Podwika moved the sticks to the 15. Podwika passed to Driscoll at the six. Henderson struck Podwika down for a loss of one. Fourth down and needing two, Driscoll passed. Dobosz broke it up on the goal line.

Four minutes, five seconds were left.

Henderson kept, skipped up to the 18. Renn ran wide to the 29, then got five more yards. Henderson passed to Nellums at the 47. Renn swept to the NC State 45. Henderson threw to Carmen Battaglia on the 36.

It's All Over

With 50 seconds left, Katich intercepted Henderson's last desperation pitch, returned to his 39.

That was it, and an NC State man in the pressbox summed it up: "Talk about a jinx - you can quote me personally. I'm glad we don't have to play Florida State anymore!"

It was the first time NC State, still unbeaten, had won four straight games since 1950.

NC State had made plans to leave town in a hurry, and did. The squad flew back to Raleigh last night.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0

2nd   0- 0  Johnny Sheppard, 25, field goal failed
      0- 7  Opp, 46, pass (kick), 0:08 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 13 20 Rushes-yards 28-110 58-260 Passing 106 117 Att-Comp-Int 23-12-3 12-6-0 Total Yards 51-216 70-377 Punt Returns 3-16 2-12 Kickoff Returns 2-35 1-8 Interception Ret. 0-0 3-20 Fumble Returns 3-0 0-0 Punts 6-46.8 5-34.2 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-3 Penalties-Yds 7-44 7-74 Attendance 16,200 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bobby Renn 11- 52 Jerry Henderson 7- 28 Stan Dobosz 6- 17 Bob Carnes 1- 5 Joe Majors 2- 4 Pappy Rozman 1- 4 Receiving Bob Nellums 5- 58 Jerry Philp 2- 15 Carmen Battaglia 1- 11 Clare "Bud" Bagnell 1- 10 Eddie Johnson 1- 10 Bobby Renn 1- 3 Ron Schomburger 1- -4 Passing Jerry Henderson 14- 7-3- 64 Bobby Renn 3- 2-0- 29 Joe Majors 6- 3-0- 13 Punt Return Bobby Renn 1- 9 Joe Majors 2- 7 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 2- 35 Punting Bobby Renn 5- 258 Jerry Henderson 1- 23 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Al Ulmer . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Joe McGee . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Eddie Johnson . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   14  Jerry Henderson
LH   21  Bob Carnes
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
FB   44  Eddie Johnson
C    50  Paul Slaton
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   79  Lou Wallace
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   14  Jerry Henderson
DB   21  Bob Carnes
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LB   44  Eddie Johnson
MG   50  Paul Slaton
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
LT   73  Bill Musselman
RT   79  Lou Wallace
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
RE   85  Bob Nellums
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
13  Joe Majors
15  Bobby Renn
20  Burt "Buddy" Reynolds
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
29  Pappy Rozman
42  Carmen Battaglia
52  Troy Barnes
61  Joe McGee
65  Bob Fountain
##  NAME
-----------------------------
66  Bob Douglas
67  Jerry Graham
68  Jon Jenkins
70  Jerry Lane
71  Steve Holton
77  George Boyer
81  Ham Bisbee
83  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
86  Jim Arnold
87  John Spivey

FLORIDA STATE 34, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 7

10/19/1957, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 20, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State last night found itself a quarterback, a fullback - and quite possibly a football team.

A Campbell Stadium crowd of 15,300 rubbed its eyes a little as the Seminoles raced away from previously unbeaten Abilene Christian College by a surprising 34-7.

Operating at quarterback for almost the entire game, Bobby Renn deftly manipulated FSU to a 21-0 lead at halftime. A halfback last week, Renn never worked at that position last night. Still he ran like a halfback, gaining 150 yards in 14 carries and cashing the game's first touchdown on a 52-yard scamper.

Pounding Type

Bob Nellums, a senior who until last Tuesday had played only at end in his collegiate time, looked like the pounding 200-pound fullback FSU's been seeking so long. He ran 20 times, gained 72 yards, scored twice, once on a 45-yard pass play. And he backed up the line on defense more than adequately.

Abilene, which owned two victories and one tie going in, had little chance to utilize its exceptional speed. The Wildcats, plainly, were outmanned and outplayed.

Bottled up on the ground and truthfully too far behind most of the way to do much good that way, Abilene took to the air and threw more passes than it had all its preceding games. The Seminoles permitted eight completions in 18 tries, came up with two interceptions, their first and second of the season.

FSU was obliged to punt only once, that the first time it had the ball. The Seminoles chiseled out 383 yards rushing. They hit on only two of 11 passes but it didn't matter.

Sweet One

It was a sweet one, of course, for FSU, which had lost 13-point decisions to Abilene here in both 1953 and 1954, the only previous meetings between the two.

The victory was the second in five games for Tom Nugent's men, who had lost three straight and who next wrestle with Virginia Tech in a Homecoming game here Saturday.

True to his pre-game word, Nugent dressed out only 29 players. However, in the dressing room at halftime he permitted three more Seminoles to don uniforms.

The aroused Seminoles could gotten by with considerably less than 29.

Punt Goes Deep

The Seminoles were stopped their first time out after wheeling up to their 43 following the opening kickoff. Renn punted nicely 52 yards to the five and Abilene showed some early foots as Bill Lovelace and Jimmy Hirth got the Wildcats out of the hole with thrusts of 12 and 13 yards.

But FSU tightened up noticeably and forced a kick. Shortly, the visitors got a big opportunity when Hirth intercepted Renn's short and wobbly pass at the FSU 37 and raced it to the 25. Abilene, however, got no further than the 23 thanks partially to a 5-yard penalty.

With Nellums banging away on four of seven runs, the Tribe moved to their 48. Rolling out from the "I" formation, Renn squeezed past two would-be tacklers as he cut, finally found a clear track in front and whipped 52 yards for the touchdown. Blocks by Nellums and Stan Dobosz were helpful.

Johnny Sheppard kicked the point for 7-0 with two minutes left in the opening quarter.

Lane Recovers

A fumble by Hirth, a recovery by FSU's Jerry Lane at the Abilene 40 set up business again.

Pickard with 18 yards in four runs, spurred a chopping march to the goal that took nine plays. Dobosz bulldozed over from 2-yards range.

Shep kicked another point and FSU was ahead 14-0 with the second quarter still young.

Abilene looked still very much alive on a swift push from its 20 after the kick. A 20-yard pass, Don Harber to Keith Davis, put the Wildcats just inside FSU territory. Lovelace's running led all the way to the 11 but there the fullback fumbled and Jerry Graham quickly covered the ball for the Tribe.

FSU whacked away until it reached midfield. Whereupon, with a minute left in the half, Ted Rodrigue got into the fray for the first time at quarterback.

Ulmer 'Butts' One

The clock showed 35 seconds left when Rodrigue, ignoring a tackler wrapped around his midsection, heaved a short one to Nellums who hugged the ball close and lit out toward the sidelines behind Al Ulmer. At the five, Ulmer literally butted defender Jimmy Thomas out of Nellums' way and the path was clear. The touchdown play covered 45 yards.

This time Nellums kicked to make it 21-0 at halftime.

FSU successfully worked an onsides kick to start the second half, Dobosz pounding on Nellums' just-right boot at the Abilene 39. The Seminoles got to the 10 but that was all.

A little later, after a punt, FSU drove from the Abilene 41 to the 16, with Renn doing most of it with a 20-yard dash around end. Off on another run, Renn had the ball batted from his hands and Max Starnes recovered the fumble for Abilene at the 17.

ACC waged a time-consuming fight to the FSU 35. Abner Bigbie smacked through to break up a play and precipitated a fumble by H.P. Hawkins. Lane curled around the ball for FSU.

Pickard got four yards as the quarter ended. Then he got four more.

From the 44, Renn on the rollout scooted 36 yards to the Abilene 20. Pickard got five. Renn, rolling out again, zipped to the one. Nellums pounded across.

Sheppard, after booting home six out of six, missed his first extra-point try this season, leaving it 27-0.

Abilene, which had thrown only 14 times in three preceding games, started pitching in earnest. Harber hit Jerry Holley with a 24-yarder at the FSU 27, then sailed one to Bob Nickerson for 10 more. Nickerson caught another, was pushed out of bounds at the one. A 5-yard penalty and Graham's dumping of Harber for minus seven knocked Abilene back to the 13.

Abilene Scores

But a roughing penalty gave the Wildcats a crack from the one. Harber sneaked over. Don Rhoden's point narrowed it to 27-7.

The Seminoles replied with a 64-yard scoring drive. Big lick was Pappy Rozman's 20-yard run to the Abilene 34. From there, Renn dug for nine, Rozman for six. Eddie Johnson got three and Dobosz smashed for 11 to the five. Rozman went wide and powered over. Renn ran around end for the point.

Joe Majors' pass interception gave FSU another shot from the Seminole 46 with a minute and a half remaining. Answering the chant of the crowd for Rodrigue to return, Coach Tom Nugent sent him in.

But four throws fell incomplete and Rodrigue went back to the bench.

Jerry Philp intercepted another Abilene toss at the FSU 14, whipped up to midfield with it. FSU found itself without a quarterback on the field. The rather unpredictable Seminoles lined up in the single wing and Dobosz, on two direct snaps, got 11 yards before time ran out.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
ABILENE CHRISTIAN
0
0
0
7
7
FLORIDA STATE
7
14
0
13
34

1st   7- 0  Bobby Renn, 52, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 2:14 
2nd  14- 0  Stan Dobosz, 2, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 12:16
     21- 0  Bob Nellums, 45, pass from Ted Rodrigue (Bob Nellums, kick), 0:30 
4th  27- 0  Bob Nellums, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick failed), 12:14
     27- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 7:04 
     34- 7  Pappy Rozman, 5, run (Bobby Renn, run), 2:57 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 21 14 Rushes-yards 68-383 44-153 Passing 65 99 Att-Comp-Int 11-2-1 18-8-2 Total Yards 79-448 62-252 Punt Returns 1-7 1-0 Kickoff Returns 2-28 5-99 Interception Ret. 2-42 1-10 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 1- 7.0 2-35.5 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3 Penalties-Yds 2-26 2-10 Attendance 15,340 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bobby Renn 14- 150 Bob Nellums 20- 72 Fred Pickard 16- 62 Stan Dobosz 13- 55 Pappy Rozman 4- 41 Eddie Johnson 1- 3 Receiving Bob Nellums 1- 45 Ron Schomburger 1- 20 Passing Ted Rodrigue 6- 1-0- 45 Bobby Renn 5- 1-1- 20 Punt Return Bobby Renn 1- 7 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 1- 19 Bob Nellums 1- 9 Punting Bobby Renn 1- 52 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Joe Majors . . . . . 1- 10 . . . . . . Jerry Philp . . . . . 1- 36 . . . . . . Jerry Lane . . . . . . . . 2- 0 . . . Jerry Graham . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Abner Bigbie . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   15  Bobby Renn
LH   25  Fred Pickard
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
C    50  Paul Slaton
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
FB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
LB   25  Fred Pickard
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
MG   50  Paul Slaton
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
LB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
26  Billy Weaver
29  Pappy Rozman
44  Eddie Johnson
52  Troy Barnes
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Joe McGee
65  Bob Fountain
68  Jon Jenkins
70  Jerry Lane
71  Steve Holton
77  George Boyer
81  Ham Bisbee
83  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
86  Jim Arnold

FLORIDA STATE 20, VIRGINIA TECH 7

10/26/1957, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, October 27, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - For Homecoming here Saturday afternoon Florida State came up with "home runs" that racked a sometimes stubborn, sometimes stumbling Virginia Tech football team, 20-7.

Each of the Seminoles' three touchdowns had an element of sudden drama.

And actually the decision was rendered in the first minute and a half of the second quarter when FSU struck for back-to-back touchdowns within 10 playing-time seconds of each other.

A Snug Lead

That provided a 14-0 lead and 18,000 fans - a record Homecoming turnout and second largest crowd in FSU history - relaxed snugly in their coats as the Gobblers tried in vain to catch up.

First score came when Bobby Renn collaborated with Ron Schomburger for a 51-yard pass production. Nine seconds later, trying to run from its 1-yard line, Tech fumbled and tackle George Boyer covered the ball in the end zone for touchdown No. 2.

By halftime VPI cut the margin to 14-7 on a 1-foot smash by 200-pound fullback Bobby Conner, culminating a 50-yard drive.

FSU's first offensive play in the last half was a record-breaking one.

Fred Pickard, 161-pound sophomore lefthalf from Columbia, Tenn., dashed 80 yards off tackle for the Seminoles' third TD. He broke loose from converging tacklers just as it appeared he would be stopped for little gain.

Beat Metts Mark

This dash from scrimmage broke a record owned by Buck Metts, who scored on a 78-yarder against Stetson in 1954.

The victory not only preserved Tom Nugent's policy of never losing a Homecoming game here but evened the season's standing for the Tribe at 3-3. It was FSU's first triumph ever over Tech, which had won here in 1955 and 1956.

Virginia Tech was a hard-running band between the 20s, outrushing FSU 174 yards to 146 and forging a 15 to 8 edge in first downs. But the Gobblers lost three fumbles to FSU and had two passes intercepted.

Punting by Renn was again an important factor. The quarterback booted six times for a 45.3 average that raised his season's record - eighth best in the nation last week - to 43.2 for 19 kicks.

He also hit six of 12 passes for 110 yards. Schomburger caught two of the pitches for 65 yards.

For 12 runs, Pickard netted 105 yards to lead ground-gainers on both teams.

Lines Square Off

It started as a bruising fight between two lines, Tech's bigger boys versus FSU's more mobile ones.

Playing it cautious after winning the toss, the Gobblers chose to kick off with the wind to their backs. From its 30, FSU pounded out a couple of first downs, moving inside Tech territory at the 47 on Renn's 11-yard pass to Nellums.

But Renn was cut down for a loss of eight on another pass effort and was obliged to punt.

Sticking to the ground, VPI drove from its 21 to Florida State 31. Frazee and Conner sparking the rush. A holding penalty crimped the threat and Tech punted 22 yards out of bounds at the 22.

Runs by Dobosz and Nellums led FSU to its 44 but clipping was detected and after a 15-yard assessment Renn quick-kicked 58 yards to the enemy 13 just before the quarter ended.

Second Team In

Tech was checked just short of a first down at the 22 and punted. Its No. 2 team had just entered the fray.

It was a short boot to the FSU 49.

On the Seminoles' first play of the quarter, Renn faded and threw. Schomburger maneuvered between defenders Ray England and Bob McCoy, caught the ball at the 12 and loped across the goal.

After a penalty ruined his first attempt, Johnny Sheppard kicked from five yards further back and made it 7-0.

Nine seconds later FSU was ahead 14-0.

Barry Whitesell fumbled Nellums' kickoff in the end zone but made it up to the 9. Tech was caught clipping and penalized to the one. Instead of playing it safe and punting out of trouble, Tech chose to run.

It was a mistake.

TD For Boyer

McCoy fumbled and George Boyer was quickly upon the rolling ball in the end zone for six points. Nellums kicked this time for the point, running things to 14-0

There was still 13 minutes and 45 seconds left before halftime.

After a punting exchange, Tech was in business when Corbin Bailey returned a Renn boot 34 yards to the 50.

Fourteen running plays brought a payoff. Important smash was Jimmy Lugar's 7-yard sneak to the FSU 35 in a fourth-and-two situation. Conner, Frazee and Bailey took turns smashing. Finally, from the 1-foot line on fourth down, Conner leaped over the line for the TD.

Frazee kicked his seventh extra point in as many tries this season, narrowing it to 14-7 three minutes before halftime.

Both teams had chances to throw before the whistle but hard-charging lines on both sides averted damage.

Receives Again

Exercising its second-half option, FSU chose to buck the wind and receive again. The strategy turned out nicely.

From the 20 on the first scrimmage play of the half, Pickard, running from the deep spot in the "I" formation, dashed off tackle, found no hole as he met several tackles at the line of scrimmage. But somehow he spun out of the trap, got into the clear and had clear sailing as he went the 80-yard route.

Shep's point-after was a trifle wide and it stood 20-7.

Quickly, the Seminoles got a pair of opportunities with fumble recoveries in VPI's backyard. But they cut no ice with either.

Jerry Graham curled around Conner's bobble at the Tech 39. After two penalties, FSU punted from its 46.

The John Spivey hopped aboard another Conner fumble at the 18. Two runs by Renn lost two yards, and two passes fell incomplete.

VPI Gets Chance

Late in the period VPI had a shot from the FSU 32 when Eddie Johnson fumbled and Frazee grabbed it for the Gobblers. Frazee was struck down for a loss of eight and VPI couldn't make the yardage, yielding the ball on downs at the 37.

With Renn hitting Nellums and Ron Schomburger for 16 and 14-yard pass gains, FSU drove to the 17 and a first down. Nellums tried a field goal from the 21. Ben Schmidt, a guard, blocked it and Tech took over at the 25 with 10 minutes remaining in the last quarter.

Spivey intercepted a Lugar pitch that bounced off Conner's shoulders, then lateraled to Jon Jenkins, sophomore guard from Miami who ran it back to the Tech 22.

FSU drove to the 13 but no further as Nellums lost four on a fourth-down plunge.

Renn Intercepts

Passing furiously, Tech penetrated to the FSU 24, helped along by penalty. Thirty-six seconds were left when Renn intercepted a pass in the end zone for a touchback that gave FSU the ball on its 20.

It was just the reverse of last year when Tech came out on top here, 20-7.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
VIRGINIA TECH
0
7
0
0
7
FLORIDA STATE
0
14
6
0
20

2nd   7- 0  Ron Schomburger, 51, pass from Bobby Renn (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 13:55
     14- 0  George Boyer, 0, fumble recovery/return (Bob Nellums, kick), 13:46
            Note: Tech quarterback fumbled and Boyer recovered in the   
                  end zone.                                             
     14- 7  Opp, 1, run (kick), 3:10 
3rd  20- 7  Fred Pickard, 80, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick failed), 14:46
4th  20- 7  Bob Nellums, 28, field goal blocked, 10:00


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 8 15 Rushes-yards 44-146 61-174 Passing 117 30 Att-Comp-Int 15-7-0 13-4-2 Total Yards 59-263 74-204 Punt Returns 4-29 5-65 Kickoff Returns 2-19 2-22 Interception Ret. 2-24 0-0 Fumble Returns 3-0 1-0 Punts 6-45.3 5-37.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3 Penalties-Yds 8-67 3-38 Attendance 18,556 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 12- 105 Stan Dobosz 11- 25 Bob Nellums 7- 18 Joe Majors 2- 5 Eddie Johnson 1- 2 Pappy Rozman 1- 1 Jerry Henderson 1- -1 Bobby Renn 8- -2 Carmen Battaglia 1- -7 Receiving Ron Schomburger 2- 65 Bob Nellums 3- 29 John Spivey 2- 23 Passing Bobby Renn 12- 6-0-110 Ted Rodrigue 2- 1-0- 7 Joe Majors 1- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Fred Pickard 2- 13 Bobby Renn 1- 8 Jerry Henderson 1- 8 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 1- 16 Bob Nellums 1- 3 Punting Bobby Renn 6- 272 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bobby Renn . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . John Spivey . . . . . 1- 15 . . 1- 0 . . . Jerry Graham . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . George Boyer . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
RB   15  Bobby Renn
LH   25  Fred Pickard
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
C    50  Paul Slaton
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
FB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
LB   25  Fred Pickard
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
MG   50  Paul Slaton
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
LB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
26  Billy Weaver
29  Pappy Rozman
42  Carmen Battaglia
43  Lou Manning
44  Eddie Johnson
52  Troy Barnes
53  Stu Keith
61  Joe McGee
##  NAME
-----------------------------
65  Bob Fountain
66  Bob Douglas
68  Jon Jenkins
70  Jerry Lane
71  Steve Holton
74  Mel Pope
77  George Boyer
78  Tony Fekany
79  Lou Wallace
81  Ham Bisbee
83  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
84  Bill Kimber
86  Jim Arnold

MIAMI 40, FLORIDA STATE 13

11/08/1957, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 9, 1957, page 7, by Bill McGrotha.

Neither scattered rain nor gusty wind, forecast by the weatherman, put in any appearance at Campbell Stadium last night.

But it was a stormy evening all the time, and a roof that had looked so sturdy in the first half "fell in" on Florida State's football team as University of Miami triumphed, 40-13.

To a disappointing and disappointed turnout of 15,712 Seminoles partisans, it all seemed rather unreal. What their eyes saw was hard to believe.

Way It Was

They saw FSU score the first time it got the ball. They saw the Seminoles forge scoring threats in Miami territory the next two times they got the ball. They saw the scoreboard at halftime posted 7-6 in FSU's favor.

Then they saw Miami uncork a sweeping last-half wallop that left FSU dazed and beaten, that made them wonder if this truly was the same team that played the first two quarters.

Most incredible of all was Fran Curci, the little (145) Miami sophomore quarterback who acted for all the world like he had a license to steal - yards! He personally accounted for 56 yards on 17 runs, completed six of 12 passes for 76 more and two touchdowns.

But the yardage Curci forged with his last-second pitchouts is difficult to calculate. Miami rolled up 336 yards rushing, 276 of it in the last half. Four backs besides Curci gained 55 yards or more, and ace righthalf John Varone was not among them. Varone nursed his broken jaw on the sidelines, never got in the game.

Plevel Scoots

Joe Plevel scored three of Miami's six touchdowns on a 5-yard pass from Curci, a 3-yard plunge, a 5-yard run. Curci passed six yards to Phil Gaetz for another. Bill Sandie scored on a 2-yarder and Byron Blasko got one from three-yards range.

FSU's first score came on Bob Nellums' 1-yard push after a 66-yard drive and Joe Majors' 45-yard pass to Bill Kimber in the last quarter. Majors completed three of three passes in the payoff drive that was all he threw during the evening.

FSU had some superb heroics from sophomore guard Al Ulmer who made 15 tackles, six more than any other player on either team.

Miami had the first chance but couldn't forge a first down after the opening kickoff. Bill Sandie punted 36 yards to the FSU 34.

In 14 satisfying plays, Florida State scored. The 66 yards were consumed mostly up the middle of UM's vaunted line. Nellums got four, Fred Pickard seven, Bobby Renn picked up one and Pickard dashed for eight, putting the ball inside UM territory at the 46.

Nellums banged for five, Pickard likewise. Stan Dobosz got three to the 33. Nellums wrestled his way for seven more and Pickard added a couple. From the 25, a pass fell incomplete and it looked like the Seminoles were bogged.

Renn Loose

But Renn, weaving through mayhem-minded tacklers, rolled 18 yards to the seven. After Renn managed three more Nellums pounded to the one. On third down, Nellums dived over the line for the final precious yard. For the first time in history FSU was out in front of a Miami football team.

Johnny Sheppard kicked the point and it was 7-0. Seven minutes remained in the quarter.

Like it was nothing, Miami retaliated with a 76-yard parade for a payoff. It was accomplished with almost ridiculous passing ease.

Runs led from the 24 to the Miami 40, to throwing range. The left-handed Curci heaved one to Bill Poole and when a tackler closed in the end lateraled off to Joe Plevel. The play netted 40 yards to the FSU 20.

Curci promptly pitched again, this time to Gaetz at the eight. Plevel hit the middle for three. Then Curci coolly sailed on to Plevel in the end zone for six points.

Point Missed

Bonnie Yarbrough's point-after was blocked by guard Al Ulmer. But FSU was detected offside and penalized to the one. Yarbrough missed. It remained, 7-6, with 4:08 left in the first period.

A 15-yard kickoff return by Nellums gave FSU a start from its 42. With Nellums doing much of the running work and Renn passing to Pickard for 14, FSU swept to the UM 30, but no further as downs ran out.

Next time they got the ball, after a Miami punt from the Hurricane 47, the Seminoles again pushed into enemy ground, to the 46 before they were obliged to kick.

Just before halftime, Dobosz intercepted a Curci toss and Ted Rodrigue entered the game to shoot for a touchdown via air. A handoff to Nellums resulted in a fumble the Jon Mirilovich recovered on the 50.

Another Threat

Curci again threw and FSU again came up with an interception, this one by Nellums who ran the ball to the UM 46. Rushed hard, Rodrigue lost 12, then passed to Jim Hooks for 19 just before time ran out.

FSU stopped Miami's initial second-half effort and it appeared the Tribe might be rolling when Pickard, on a slick 18-yard punt return, provided a shot from the FSU 44.

But the Seminoles couldn't cut it. And here out things were to change radically.

In 13 pounding plays, Miami went 73 yards and in front. Power runs of Sandie and Plevel led to the FSU 34. Curci zipped for 18 to the 16. Sandie, in two carries, made it to the seven. Plevel blasted over for the touchdown. Yarbrough's point brought it to 13-7.

That seemed to be the "lift" Miami needed.

Just a little later, Yarbrough brought a punt back 30 yards to the FSU 48. Maury Guttman quarterbacked the visitors down close, then Curci came in to pass six yards to Phil Gaetz for TD No. 3. Al Dangel missed the point, leaving it 19-7. Eleven seconds were left in the quarter.

Early in the fourth period Miami pushed 53 yards for its fourth score. Big lick was by Blasko for 18 to the 22. Plevel did the honors from the three.

Majors Connects

Then FSU came up with its one bright last-half showing. Starting from the 28, Majors consumed 72 yards in three plays with his passes. he hit Ron Schomburger for 12, Billy Weaver for 15. Kimber, a sophomore end from Winter Park, outraced defender Yarbrough and grabbed a third Majors' throw for a 45-yard touchdown play. That narrowed things to 26-13.

FSU tried an onside kick. It failed. Miami moved 54 yards for its fifth TD, with Blasko getting 26 in one gulp on a pitchout. Plevel scored from the five, taking a lateral from Curci.

A fumble paved Miami's last six points, Doug Hildebrant recovering Renn's bobble at the FSU 24. Theron Mitchell passed to Ernest Barnes at the eight. Mitchell ran to the two and Sandie went over from there.

Mitchell's point-after brought it to a final 40-13 and FSU had absorbed its worst defeat in the 5-game Miami series. It was also the biggest setback margin since Georgia won, 47-14, here in 1954.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
MIAMI
6
0
13
21
40
FLORIDA STATE
7
0
0
6
13

1st   7- 0  Bob Nellums, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 7:00 
      7- 6  Opp, 4, pass (kick failed), 4:08 
3rd   7-13  Opp, 2, run (kick), 6:07 
      7-19  Opp, 6, pass (kick failed), 0:11 
4th   7-26  Opp, 3, run (kick), 9:21 
     13-26  Bill Kimber, 45, pass from Joe Majors (Johnny Sheppard, kick failed), 7:32 
     13-33  Opp, 3, run (kick), 3:04 
     13-40  Opp, 2, run (kick), 1:21 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 11 18 Rushes-yards 40- 98 75-336 Passing 115 83 Att-Comp-Int 16-8-1 12-6-2 Total Yards 56-213 87-419 Punt Returns 2-35 4-58 Kickoff Returns 6-91 2-46 Interception Ret. 2-27 1-1 Fumble Returns 0-0 2-0 Punts 5-33.4 4-38.8 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 3-0 Penalties-Yds 2-17 4-30 Attendance 15,712 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 14- 45 Bob Nellums 11- 39 Bobby Renn 11- 31 Stan Dobosz 1- 3 Ted Rodrigue 3- -20 Receiving Bill Kimber 1- 45 Jim Hooks 1- 17 Ron Schomburger 2- 15 Billy Weaver 1- 15 Fred Pickard 1- 14 Bob Nellums 1- 7 Jim Arnold 1- 2 Passing Joe Majors 3- 3-0- 72 Bobby Renn 12- 4-1- 26 Ted Rodrigue 1- 1-0- 11 Punt Return Fred Pickard 2- 35 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 3- 58 Bob Nellums 1- 15 Billy Weaver 1- 11 John Spivey 1- 7 Punting Bobby Renn 5- 167 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Al Ulmer 15 . 15 . . . . . . . . . Stan Dobosz . . . . . 1- 13 . . . . . . Bob Nellums . . . . . 1- 16 . . . . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   15  Bobby Renn
LH   25  Fred Pickard
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
C    77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
FB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
LB   25  Fred Pickard
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
MG   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
LB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
26  Billy Weaver
42  Carmen Battaglia
43  Lou Manning
50  Paul Slaton
52  Troy Barnes
53  Stu Keith
##  NAME
-----------------------------
61  Joe McGee
65  Bob Fountain
66  Bob Douglas
68  Jon Jenkins
70  Jerry Lane
71  Steve Holton
78  Tony Fekany
79  Lou Wallace
83  Clare "Bud" Bagnell
84  Bill Kimber
88  Jim Hooks

MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN 20, FLORIDA STATE 0

11/16/1957, HATTIESBURG, MS

From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 17, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

HATTIESBURG, MS - Backed up by Florida State for the first 20 minutes, Mississippi State struck for two swift second-quarter touchdowns and was almost the whole show from then on as it crunched out a 20-0 victory here tonight.

As a record Faulkner Field homecoming crowd of 14,500 cheered on this sweat-dripping November night, Southern checked one FSU bid at its 1-yard line. Thereafter the Mississippians were rough customers, indeed.

The crusher was a 57-yard dash by Halfback Bobby Lance for Southern's first touchdown. Less than a minute later, Southern grabbed a fumble at the FSU 27 and tallied again in seven plays, Bo Dickinson doing the honors from seven yards out.

Fading Minutes

Three times in Southern territory during those first 20 minutes, Florida State didn't move across midfield again until the fading minutes.

Southern almost completely dominated offensive play in the last half. A fumble halted one Southern push at the FSY 35. The Seminoles stopped another at their 7, then stood up and held solidly on a third Southern bid that extended to their one-foot line.

Final touchdown came in the last four minutes when George Sekul sneaked over from the one after Tommy Purvis had set it up with a 32-yard sprint to the 8. A fumble at the FSU 42 provided the initial chance on that one.

Many Bobbles

The Seminoles lost the ball three times on fumbles, Southern lost four bobbles.

This was the last game in a six-year series between these two. It was FSU's fifth loss in eight games, Southern's eighth success in nine.

Sticks to Ground

From the opening kickoff, Florida State stuck to the ground and marched to the Southern 39. Interesting play was a fourth-and-three situation at the Southern 49. Switching to the "I" formation after running all "T" up to then, the Seminoles took a gamble and Fred Pickard dashed to the 45 for the needed yardage.

It all proved futile. End Curly Juneau decked Bobby Renn for minus three and Bob Yencho, Southern's other first-string end, struck Pickard down for a loss of nine. Renn punted 39 yards to the 12.

A punting exchange and Southern's running attack clicked briefly, from its 22 to its 47 in four plays. But Bob Nellums racked George Sekul, precipitating a fumble that Ron Schomburger grabbed for the Tribe at the 47. It was FSU's 20th enemy fumble recovery of the season.

But No Further

In nine plays FSU moved 46 yards but no further. Renn started it with an 11-yard pass to Nellums. Then Renn ran wide for 14 to the 22. Pickard got six and Nellums seven to the nine. Dobosz made it to the six. Pickard to the four. Nellums made a diving catch of a Renn pass at the two. On fourth down, Stan Dobosz dived over the middle, got stopped at the one, Southern took over.

Early in the second period, the Tribe scooted 22 yards to the Southern 37 in four running plays. Then Renn pitched out to a man that wasn't there and Southern's Richard Johnston covered the fumble at the 37.

Southern Penetrates

On a 16-yard pass, J.C. Arban to Lawrence Meeks, Southern penetrated FSU territory for the first time, at the 44. After getting to the 35, a fumbled pitchout cost Southern 11 and the home team couldn't make it up.

Renn got FSU out of the hole when the Seminoles got backed to the 12 on a penalty. He quick-kicked 46 yards to Southern's 42.

Lance hit the left side, got only a yard. He then tried the right side, and got plenty. Apparently stopped at the line of scrimmage, the 165-pound speedster tore loose and lit out down the sidelines 57 yards for six points. Hugh McInnis' point kick was wide.

Another Chance

Southern promptly got another opportunity. Joe Majors fumbled at the FSU 23 and Donnie Waits claimed it for Southern.

Seven plays made it 13-0. Big one was a fourth-and-seven deal at the 20. Sekul passed over the middle 12 yards to Charley MacArthur at the 8. On third down, Bo Dickinson slanted off the right side and smashed across the goal. Ollie Yates booted the point home.

A bit later Yates "smelled" a Renn quick-kick and returned it 17 yards to the FSU 35. After getting penalized to the 50, Southern struck to the 18 on Yates' passes, 21 yards to Dickinson, 7 to Juneau. Yates fumbled, however, and Jerry Graham hopped aboard the ball for FSU at the 34 just before the half ran out.

Southern drove with the third-quarter kickoff 51 yards to FSU's 35, where Arban fumbled and Pickard picked it up for the Seminoles.

60 Futile Yards

The Mississippians rolled 60 futile yards on their next try. From the Southern 46 Supple hit for 14 yards and MacArthur for a like amount. Sekul, on a slick broken-field exhibition, skipped to the 5 where Majors brought him down with his fourth straight tackle. Ham Bisbee tackled Lance for a 2-yard loss, then stopped Supple for no gain. A pass fell incomplete. Jon Jenkins intercepted in the end zone and fell forward to the one-foot line.

After Majors, on two sneaks, got to the four, Jerry Henderson punted 48 yards to the Southern 48.

Time-Consuming

Thereupon, on a push stretching into the last quarter, Southern went 50 yards for naught on 12 time-gulping runs. Southern had a first down at the eight but couldn't cut it. Twice at the 1-foot line, Jack Meeks met an immovable FSU line. The Seminoles took over on downs, were helped out of the hole by a penalty against Southern for unsportsmanlike play.

Fake Pass Play

On a fake third-down punt, Henderson passed to Nellums but the play lost seven yards. Henderson then played it straight and kicked 51 yards to Southern's 42.

Ted Rodrigue went in to try his passing hand on the Seminoles' next shot. From the 15, he completed one to Nellums for 32 yards. But Gerald Philip fumbled on the following play and Charley Elizey got it for Southern at the 42.

Tommy Purvis dashed around his right end 42 yards to the eight. From the one three plays later Sekul sneaked over. Yates converted for 20-0 with 3:10 left.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
0
0
MISSISSIPPI SOUTHERN
0
13
0
7
20

2nd   0- 6  Opp, 57, run (kick failed), 7:38 
      0-13  Opp, 7, run (kick), 3:51 
4th   0-20  Opp, 2, run (kick), 3:10 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 10 16 Rushes-yards 36- 85 63-329 Passing 50 56 Att-Comp-Int 18-8-1 10-4-1 Total Yards 54-135 73-385 Punt Returns 2-11 1-17 Kickoff Returns 4-73 1-10 Interception Ret. 1-0 1-25 Fumble Returns 4-0 3-0 Punts 7-42.0 4-38.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 4-4 Penalties-Yds 5-45 4-50 Attendance 14,500 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Bob Nellums 7- 29 Fred Pickard 8- 26 Bobby Renn 7- 20 Stan Dobosz 4- 12 Eddie Johnson 1- 3 Jerry Henderson 1- 2 Joe Majors 6- -3 Jerry Philp 2- -4 Receiving Bob Nellums 4- 38 Eddie Johnson 1- 14 Stan Dobosz 1- 9 Ron Schomburger 1- -2 Jerry Philp 1- -9 Passing Bobby Renn 11- 5-1- 34 Ted Rodrigue 4- 2-0- 23 Joe Majors 2- 0-0- 0 Jerry Henderson 1- 1-0- -7 Punt Return Fred Pickard 1- 9 Jerry Henderson 1- 2 Kickoff Return Stan Dobosz 3- 55 Jerry Philp 1- 18 Punting Bobby Renn 4- 164 Jerry Henderson 3- 130 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jon Jenkins . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Bob Nellums . . . . . . . . . 1 . . Ron Schomburger . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Jerry Graham . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Fred Pickard . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Troy Barnes . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   15  Bobby Renn
LH   25  Fred Pickard
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
C    77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
FB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
LB   25  Fred Pickard
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
MG   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
LB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
21  Bob Carnes
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
26  Billy Weaver
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  Eddie Johnson
50  Paul Slaton
52  Troy Barnes
65  Bob Fountain
68  Jon Jenkins
79  Lou Wallace
81  Ham Bisbee
84  Bill Kimber

AUBURN 29, FLORIDA STATE 7

11/23/1957, TALLAHASSEE, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

From the Tallahassee Democrat, November 24, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Gambling from the beginning, Florida State filled no inside straights here Saturday afternoon and Auburn's poised Plainsmen raked in the chips of a 29-7 football victory.

FSU did come up with a sharp dealer in Joe Majors. The sophomore quarterback performed for all the world like he had some aces back-to-back.

Passing as the deep man in a variation of the double-wing formation, Majors completed 12 of 22 throws.

Buddy Stuff

One went to his roommate, end Bill Kimber, for a touchdown - a 34-yard play in the fourth quarter that climaxed an 87-yard march.

Auburn, the nation's No. 2 football team going in, didn't have to work hard for its points. Each of its touchdown drives originated in FSU territory, at the 46, 41, 38 and 37. The Tigers were in front at halftime, 20-0.

Fullback Billy Atkins, who led Auburn's 201-yard running attack with 68 in 10 carries, tallied twice, on runs of one and five yards. He added two conversions that ran his season's point total to 66 and busted an all-time team scoring record - the 65 hung up by Joe Childress in 1954.

The other Tiger TDs came on a 1-yarder by Lamar Rawson, a 3-yarder by Tommy Lorino - first 6-pointer of the campaign for the star halfback. Auburn got a late safety when Jerry Wilson and Red Phillips, its two superb ends, tackled Majors in the end zone.

No Doubters

Auburn showed up with credentials that proclaimed it the nation's top defensive team. The approximate 15,000 fans, sitting in warm sunshine following a soaking overnight rain, saw no reason to doubt.

The Tigers limited FSU's offense to a net of 79 yards - 108 passing and minus 29 rushing.

It was FSU's sixth setback in nine games, assuring Coach Tom Nugent's first losing season in five years here. For Auburn, it was a 13th straight success over a two-season span.

With a bit of luck, Majors could have made it much more interesting for Auburn. One long pass slipped through Bobby Renn's arms at the Auburn three. Another was caught by Gerald Philp at the Auburn four - but a penalty canceled it. At least two shorter throws were dropped.

Auburn intercepted five FSU pitches, including three in the first 10 minutes of the last half. The Seminoles stole three Auburn throws, and Phillips, who turned in quite a performance, bagged two of them. Auburn lost two fumbles, FSU none.

FSU might have done better running if a ground game had been considered expedient against this formidable defense. Actually, the minus rushing yardage stemmed from losses on futile pass bids. Majors was taxed for a loss of 63, fellow quarterback Jerry Henderson for a deficit of 20.

Early Throwing

Florida State won its first gamble, the toss, chose to receive the opening kickoff.

The Seminoles promptly started throwing. Two fell incomplete and then Auburn had an opportunity when Renn's quick-kick on third down traveled only 21 yards to the FSU 41.

Ten plays and Auburn had its first touchdown. Big accomplishment was Lloyd Nix's 16-yard pass to Phillips at the 27 following a penalty. Lorino led to the six. Came fourth down at the seven and Renn broke up Nix's pass to Wilson in the end zone. But the Tribe was detected holding the dangerous Phillips and Auburn got a final shot from the one. Atkins made six points off right tackle. A 15-yard penalty ruined this point try.

Again Auburn got a start in FSU territory when the Tribe was taxed for shoving, back to its 37, on the heels of Renn's 31-yard punt. It took five formations for an Auburn payoff this time. The major lick was quarterback Bryant Harvard's 20-yard rollout to the four - longest rushing gain of the day. Rawson went over from the one. Ronnie Robbs converted for 13-0 with the first quarter nine minutes old.

FSU Threatens

Cool passing by Majors got FSU moving. He hit Philp with an 18-yarder. Harvard was caught interfering on the following throw and FSU was in Tiger country for the first time at the 37. After a penalty put FSU back beyond the 50, Majors connected with Ham Bisbee on a 10-yarder, then nailed Carmen Battaglia for seven.

Fourth-and-seven at the 35 and Philp caught a deflected throw from Majors at the four. Alas, it was nullified because of illegal procedure. Trying again, Majors was decked for minus 16 by Phillips as the first quarter ended.

Starting from FSU's 44, Auburn tallied in five plays. Bobby Hoppe grabbed a pass from Nix for 33 yards to the 11 as officials ignored an apparent Auburn offsides. FSU stiffened but on fourth down, Atkins hit the middle for five yards and the TD. He kicked the point, making it 20-0.

FSU had a chance when Philp intercept a Nix pass at the Auburn 24. But three plays later, Atkins stole Henderson's toss at the 15.

Back and Forth

A bit later, Pat Meagher swiped a Majors' pitch at the FSU 47 but Auburn handed the ball back when Johnny Kern, hit hard by Paul Slaton, fumbled and Bobby Hooks recovered for the Tribe at midfield.

Majors' long pass trickled through Renn's fingers at the three. It was a flawless throw but Renn, at full speed, couldn't hang on.

With seconds left in the half, Auburn got the ball at FSU's 33 when Seminole downs ran out. A pass, Kern to Max Simmons, put the Tigers at the 15 before time ran out.

A weak 15-yard punt by Atkins provided FSU with an early last half bid at Auburn's 40. Nix promptly intercepted Majors' first down pass at the 17.

Holed up after a penalty, Atkins punted into the wind 42 yards to FSU's 49. FSU got to the Auburn 44 on Majors' pass to Bob Nellums before Tim Baker came up with another Auburn interception, this one at the 38.

And again it happened. FSU maneuvered from the 20 to its 44, running from the "I" formation. Rawson stole Majors' throw this time, steamed from the Auburn 35 to FSU's 38.

Helped Along

Assisted by a holding penalty, Auburn moved to the 15, Atkins slashed through for 12, then Lorino slipped through his left side for the touchdown. Atkins' PAT try was partially blocked by Stan Dobosz. It went through anyhow, making it 27-0 in the final minute of the third quarter.

Beginning with the first play of the fourth period, FSU drove 87 yards for a payoff. Majors' passing did it. From the FSU 37, he threw nine yards to Nellums, then for nine more to Philp.

An offsides penalty helped to a first down at the Tiger 34. Majors immediately sailed one into the arms of Kimber at the five and he loped into the end zone. Johnny Sheppard converted for 27-7.

An FSU onsides kick failed and Auburn moved from its 47 to the Seminoles 28 before downs ran out.

A 40-yard Auburn push to the FSU 14 played out when Atkins fumbled and Kimber recovered for the Tribe.

A 2-Pointer

Auburn's next effort was blunted by Philps' interception at the FSU 30 with 1:45 left. Wilson racked Majors for a loss of 20 to the 10. Then, after Majors connected with Fred Pickard for five yards, Williams and Phillips pushed Majors into the end zone for a safety.

Nix brought the kickoff back 41 yards to FSU's 24. Majors intercepted a Nix pitch at the two, returned to the 25 on the last play of the game.

Ham Bisbee was a standout defender for FSU. The senior end made eight tackles, several of them key ones. Runnerup for game tackling honors were teammates Al Ulmer and Bob Nellums with six each and Auburn's Jackie Burkett with six.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
AUBURN
13
7
7
2
29
FLORIDA STATE
0
0
0
7
7

1st   0- 6  Opp, 1, run (kick failed), 9:47 
      0-13  Opp, 1, run (kick), 5:53 
2nd   0-20  Opp, 5, run (kick), 12:33
3rd   0-27  Opp, 2, run (kick), 0:34 
4th   7-27  Bill Kimber, 35, pass from Joe Majors (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 11:02
      7-29  Opp, safety, 0:23 
            Note: Quarterback Joe Majors was tackled in the end zone.   


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 9 15 Rushes-yards 31--29 49-201 Passing 108 101 Att-Comp-Int 26-14-5 15-8-3 Total Yards 57-79 64-302 Punt Returns 1-0 0-0 Kickoff Returns 5-77 2-55 Interception Ret. 3-26 5-43 Fumble Returns 2-0 0-0 Punts 5-33.8 4-29.8 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2 Penalties-Yds 9-76 12-121 Attendance 16,208 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 8- 27 Bob Nellums 4- 16 Bobby Renn 4- 8 Stan Dobosz 1- 3 Jerry Henderson 3- -20 Joe Majors 11- -63 Receiving Jerry Philp 3- 36 Bill Kimber 1- 35 Bob Nellums 3- 16 Ham Bisbee 1- 9 Carmen Battaglia 1- 7 Fred Pickard 1- 6 Jerry Henderson 1- 4 Bobby Renn 3- -5 Passing Joe Majors 22-12-4-109 Jerry Henderson 3- 1-1- 1 Bobby Renn 1- 1-0- -2 Punt Return Bobby Renn 1- 0 Kickoff Return Jerry Henderson 1- 20 Bobby Renn 1- 18 Jerry Philp 1- 16 Joe Majors 1- 15 Stan Dobosz 1- 8 Punting Bobby Renn 5- 169 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Al Ulmer 6 4 10 . . . . . . . . . Bob Nellums 6 4 10 . . . . . . . . . Ham Bisbee 8 1 9 . . . . . . . . . Stan Dobosz 2 5 7 . . . . . . . . . Ron Schomburger 5 . 5 . . . . . . . . . Jerry Graham 3 2 5 . . . . . . . . . Eddie Johnson 4 . 4 . . . . . . . . . Bobby Renn 3 1 4 . . . . . . . . . Abner Bigbie 2 2 4 . . . . . . . . . Jerry Lane 3 . 3 . . . . . . . . . Troy Barnes 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . John Spivey 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . . Jerry Henderson . . . . . 1- 0 . . . . . . Jerry Philp . . . . . 1- 1 . . . . . . Joe Majors . . . . . 1- 25 . . . . . . Jim Hooks . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Bill Kimber . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . Paul Slaton . . . . . . . . . 1 . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
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QB   15  Bobby Renn
LH   25  Fred Pickard
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
C    77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
FB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
LB   25  Fred Pickard
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
MG   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
LB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
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11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
21  Bob Carnes
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
26  Billy Weaver
42  Carmen Battaglia
44  Eddie Johnson
##  NAME
-----------------------------
50  Paul Slaton
52  Troy Barnes
65  Bob Fountain
68  Jon Jenkins
70  Jerry Lane
79  Lou Wallace
81  Ham Bisbee
84  Bill Kimber
88  Jim Hooks

FLORIDA STATE 21, TAMPA 7

11/30/1957, TAMPA, FL

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From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

From the Tallahassee Democrat, December 1, 1957, page 1, by Bill McGrotha.

TAMPA, FL - There wasn't quite enough of 245-pound Fred Cason to spread over Phillips Field all the time tonight and Florida State ground out a 21-7 victory over University of Tampa in a football finale for both teams.

From start to finish FSU had trouble corralling the Plant City bull, who ran 19 times for 127 yards. And Cason was quite a man on defense, too.

A firmly partisan assembly of 12,000, shivering in high winds and 40-degree weather, whooped it up when Cason brought the 2-touchdown-underdog Spartans within 7 points range on a nine-yard scoring trip with plenty time remaining in the fourth quarter.

Hopes Punctured

But the Seminoles promptly punctured hopes of a victory or a tie by driving to t third touchdown next time they got their hands on the ball.

Bobby Renn, held to 59 yards in 20 runs, scored twice for the Tribe, on smashes of one and two yards. Fred Pickard , big wheel for FSU in this one with 100 yards in 13 carries, got the other from eight yards out.

Tampa made a costly mistake when it chose to receive the opening kickoff after winning the toss. The Spartans were obliged to buck a rugged wind. FSU's first touchdown was immediately scored after a 16-yard punt, and the second followed a 34-yard kick that gave the Seminoles a start from the Tampa 39.

It's 14-0 at Half

FSU led 14-0 at the half.

Tampa got into FSU territory twice, other than on it's 60-yard touchdown push. FSU had three fruitless opportunities inside the Tampa 50.

The victory gave FSU a final reading of 4-6 for the season, Tampa finished at 6-3.

Tampa's eager men moved from the opening kickoff to FSU's 37 with the 245-pound Cason picking up 30 yards in two gallops up the middle. The 43-yard push ended on Billy Shields' fumble and Bob Fountain's recovery for FSU at the 32.

A half-dozen FSU plays brought a net gain of naught. Tampa's Dick Leis hauled Joe Majors down for minus seven for one big defensive lick. Renn's punt rolled 62 damaging yards to Tampa's six. Trying to kick out of the hole, Mike Skaroulis lofted a high blooper into the stiff wind. It carried but 16 yards to the 22. Pickard, who had nursed a shoulder injury since the Auburn game, struck off all the needed yardage in four carries. The total, because of penalty, was actually 27 yards. He scored on an off-tackle slant from the eight.

Penalized back to its one for clipping on the ensuing kickoff, Tampa couldn't recover. Starting from the Spartan 39 after a 34-yard punt, FSU notched its second touchdown early in the second quarter.

Stan Dobosz got 17 and Renn 14 in a swift move to the one. Renn dived over the goal. The Seminoles successfully worked an onside kick. Dobosz covering the ball at Tampa's 45. But the bid played out when Jerry Henderson fumbled and Cason wrapped his bulk around the ball. Just before the half FSU drove 57 yards to Tampa's 22, mostly on the running of Renn and Pickard. But Ted Rodrigue's passing bids for a touchdown where futile.

Pickard streaked 36 yards to the FSU 41 with a third quarter kickoff and quickly the Seminoles were knocking again.

Bob Nellums found a hole and dashed 26 to Tampa's 33. Pickard sliced for 15, then five more to the 13 but a penalty threw the Tribe back to the 28. The chance trickled away at the 20 when a couple of passes fizzled.

A punting swap and it was Tampa's turn.

Cason wiggled wide, got clear and whipped off 40 yards to FSU's 40 before last-man Billy Weaver tackled him. On a 17-yard pass, Skaroulis to John Smoot, Tampa got to the 22. Cason spurred the Spartans as far as the 16 but no further as FSU stopped the fullback on a third-down run and then broke up a pass. A 37-yard pass - Florida State's first completion of the evening - put FSU back in offensive business at Tampa's 45. Henderson threw to end Jim Arnold for the big gain. Renn sprinted for 11 more. Tampa stiffened. Renn's third-down pass was intercepted by Ron Tecza, returned to the Tampa 29.

Reach 50

The Spartans scooted to the 50 in four plays. A 15-yard penalty and Jerry Graham's tackling of Skaroulis for a loss of nine threw the Spartans back to their 25.

Pickard's fumble at Tampa's 40, with Charley Coleman recovering for the home team, provided the Spartans with inspirational ammunition as the fourth quarter opened.

Ten bruising running formations brought the touchdown. Cason was the moving force, picking up 27 of the 60 yards. Bob Cambrell and the ailing Herndon contributed key gains. Cason pounded around left end from nine yards out for the payoff then the fullback star kicked the point to narrow things to 14-7 with 7:10 left.

Kick No Good

Tampa's On-side kick attempt looked good but was nullified because of an offsides.

Florida State started from its 40 and swept goalward.

A roughing penalty helped to Tampa's 43. The running of Nellums, Majors and Renn accomplished the rest. Renn scored from 2-yards range. Johnny Sheppard kicked his third extra point of the night, his 12th in 15 efforts this season.

Two and a half minutes later the season was all over.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
FLORIDA STATE
7
7
0
7
21
TAMPA
0
0
0
7
7

1st   7- 0  Fred Pickard, 8, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 3:50 
2nd  14- 0  Bobby Renn, 1, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 13:35
4th  14- 7  Opp, 9, run (kick), 7:10 
     21- 7  Bobby Renn, 3, run (Johnny Sheppard, kick), 2:40 


TEAM STATISTICS
FSU OPP First downs 18 12 Rushes-yards 62-274 47-216 Passing 49 15 Att-Comp-Int 14-3-1 6-3-0 Total Yards 76-323 53-231 Punt Returns 2-17 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-48 2-30 Interception Ret. 0-0 1-7 Fumble Returns 1-0 2-0 Punts 2-46.5 5-29.6 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-1 Penalties-Yds 5-55 5-46 Attendance 12,000 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing Fred Pickard 13- 100 Bobby Renn 20- 59 Bob Nellums 8- 49 Stan Dobosz 6- 29 Joe Majors 6- 16 Billy Weaver 1- 8 Pappy Rozman 2- 6 Eddie Johnson 1- 4 Jerry Philp 2- 2 Jerry Henderson 3- 1 Receiving Jim Arnold 1- 37 Bob Nellums 2- 12 Passing Jerry Henderson 2- 1-0- 37 Joe Majors 9- 2-0- 12 Bobby Renn 1- 0-1- 0 Ted Rodrigue 2- 0-0- 0 Punt Return Jerry Philp 1- 12 Bob Nellums 1- 5 Kickoff Return Fred Pickard 1- 36 Bob Nellums 1- 12 Punting Bobby Renn 2- 93 |---------Tackles---------| |---Sacks---| |---Pass Def---| |-Fumbles-| Blkd DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT AT Total ForLoss No - Yards Int-Yds BrUp QBH Rcv-Yds FF Kick Saf ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Fountain . . . . . . . . 1- 0 . . . STARTERS
Pos  ##  OFFENSE
----------------------------------
QB   15  Bobby Renn
LH   25  Fred Pickard
RH   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
C    77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
FB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
Pos  ##  DEFENSE
----------------------------------
DB   15  Bobby Renn
LB   25  Fred Pickard
LB   27  Stan Dobosz
LG   62  Al Ulmer
RG   63  Abner Bigbie
RT   67  Jerry Graham
LT   73  Bill Musselman
MG   77  George Boyer
LE   80  Ron Schomburger
LB   85  Bob Nellums
RE   87  John Spivey
PARTICIPANTS
##  NAME
-----------------------------
11  Ted Rodrigue
13  Joe Majors
14  Jerry Henderson
21  Bob Carnes
22  Lenny Levy
23  Johnny Sheppard
24  Jerry Philp
26  Billy Weaver
29  Pappy Rozman
42  Carmen Battaglia
##  NAME
-----------------------------
44  Eddie Johnson
50  Paul Slaton
52  Troy Barnes
65  Bob Fountain
68  Jon Jenkins
70  Jerry Lane
79  Lou Wallace
81  Ham Bisbee
84  Bill Kimber
88  Jim Hooks